THE FAMILY of a young man who went missing in March are asking those taking on the Great South Run to wear a picture of him while they run.
Mike and Karen Bone, the parents of missing Matthew Bone, from Waterlooville, are continuing to raise awareness about their son’s disappearance seven months ago.
Despite police investigations and public appeals made by Matt’s family there have been no significant leads about the 27-year-old’s whereabouts.
His loved ones hope by wearing his picture at the event this month – that might change.
Karen, 55, said: ‘There is a constant emptiness in our lives without Matt, and a sense of bewilderment at his disappearance, that affects the whole family on a daily basis.
‘The most difficult times are family celebrations – a birthday, or just a special meal – and the fact he’s not there to share it with us.
‘He is loved and missed by so many people and we just need to know that he is safe and well.’
Matt was last seen at QA Hospital on March 6, before travelling to Worcestershire, where CCTV pictured him on March 9.
He is white, 5ft 7in and slim with brown hair and blue and grey eyes. On March 9 he is known to have visited the Stanbrook Abbey hotel in Malvern, Worcestershire.
His ‘out-of-character’ disappearance has led the Bone family, including Matt’s younger sister Katie, to spread the word in the media and online.
Mike Bone, 61, said: ‘Seven months have passed since Matt was last seen and nothing has come to light from police investigations.
‘We’re keen to maintain awareness of his case in the hope that someone may have seen him or have information leading to his whereabouts, so we are asking people taking part in the Great South Run to wear a poster displaying a photograph of Matt.’
Matt’s family will be supporting those who wear his picture at the event on Sunday, October 21, where people will complete the 10-mile Southsea challenge.
The poster can be downloaded from the charity Missing People’s website: missingpeople.org.uk/help-us-find/matthew-bone-18-001470
West Mercia Police are investigating Matt’s case, and anyone with information can call them on 101.