It’s the mystery that has confused police for the past 15 years as they searched for a missing teenager who traveled to London and simply disappeared.
On the morning of 14 September 2007, 14-year-old Andrew Gosden left school and left his home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, raising £ 200 and buying a one-way ticket to London.
He bought the ticket for £ 31.40 and boarded a train at 9.35.
The ticket seller later remembered that she had told him that a return ticket would cost him only 50p more, but he insisted on a single one.
On the train to the capital, other passengers said he was quietly playing his game console while his school tried, and failed to contact his parents to say he had not attended classes.
At 11:20 a.m., Andrew arrived at King’s Cross station and was caught on CCTV leaving the main entrance to the station.
He was wearing black jeans and a black Slipknot T-shirt.
Five minutes later he disappeared. The last sightings of him were on CCTV cameras from inside the station.
This was the last confirmed sighting of him, though police later released CCTV footage showing a boy believed to be Andrew walking down a street in London.
His parents did not realize he was missing until later that afternoon when they contacted police.
Despite countless major public appeals and investigations, confirmed observations of the boy have never been made.
His family has commissioned several searches, including a sonar scan of the Thames, and several images showing he could look as he got older have been released.
His reason for going to London or his whereabouts after that remains unknown almost 15 years later.
Andrew – described as a happy, intelligent and kind boy – left no note and had not indicated that he was unhappy.
Despite extensive searches, no trace of him was ever found, nor could police find evidence that he had communicated with anyone or had planned to leave.
The possibility that Andrew had been taken to London to see someone he met online was investigated.
But there was no trace of activity from the teenager on his home, school or local library computers.
It was also thought that he might have traveled to a heavy metal concert.
In 2009, Andrew’s father Kevin said he still believed his son’s disappearance was a “spur of the moment”.
While their son remains missing, his family continues to release photos of Andrew’s age development.
In December last year, a major breakthrough occurred in the case.
South Yorkshire Police have revealed that two men were arrested in London on December 8 for the kidnapping and human trafficking of Andrew.
A 45-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, human trafficking and possession of indecent images of children.
A 38-year-old man, also from London, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and human trafficking. They have both been released during investigation while police continue their investigations.
At the time of the arrests, senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Andy Knowles said: “Our priority at the moment is to support Andrew’s family as we work through this new line of investigation into the investigation.
“We are in close contact with them and they are asking for their privacy to be respected while our investigation continues.
“We have made several calls over the years to find out where Andrew is and what happened to him when he disappeared. I would urge anyone with information they have not yet reported to report.”
His father Kevin, mother Glenys and sister Charlotte have never given up hope that one day they will find out what happened to their beloved son.
His father Kevin previously told the Daily Star: “We had no warning, no clue, no evidence he had communicated with anyone.
“It is confusing.”
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About 250,000 people disappear each year in the UK, of which around 140,000 are young people.
The charity Missing People is trying to restore the connection between those who have disappeared and their loved ones.
It operates guides and offers support to both those who have run away and desperate families who have been torn apart by a disappearance.
It has helped not only Andrew’s family, but thousands of others.
- If you have information, need help, emotional support or are affected by a missing person, you can call its 116,000-hour helpline or send an email to email@example.com