“We miss him so much, we just want him home.” – parents of missing Deakon plea for his safe return
PUBLISHED: 15:03 02 February 2017
It is close to three weeks since the parents of missing 24-year-old Deakon Wilkins have seen their son – and they say they have barely eaten or slept since he disappeared but remain determined to do everything they can to bring him home.
Deakon, who lives in Worle with his grandfather Brian, went missing on January 14 after a enjoying a night out with friends at Motion nightclub, in Bristol.
His phone will not connect and none of his bank cards have been used since he was last seen.
Deakon’s parents – Andy and Marcella Wilkins – have searched the city with friends and family, handing out more than 2,000 posters.
The Worle couple have put money into Deakon’s account in case he needs it to get home, and they are offering a £500 reward for information which leads to his safe return.
Andy and Marcella have had to deal with the trauma of hearing police divers were searching waterways around the nightclub, an experience Deakon’s mum described as ‘very upsetting’.
Andy’s dad told the Mercury: “It just has to be done, they have to do it. When they first started doing it, they said they were searching for stuff – like his phone and his jacket – they are not doing it because they have given up.
“The police have said to me that they won’t stop. They are going to keep going, it doesn’t matter how long it takes, they are going to find him and they will bring him home.”
Andy said: “We haven’t had anything from that CCTV yet but police have had more than 100 potential sightings and say they will look into every one.
“I just know that we are going to get a knock at the door and he’s going to be home. And then I am going to give him a massive hug, I am never going to let him go.
“We just miss him so much, we just want him home.”
Marcella added: “He is such a happy-go-lucky guy, everyone loves him.”
Anyone with information about Deakon’s whereabouts should call 101 and quote reference 5217012724. Anyone who sees Deakon should call 999 and quote the same number.