Submitted by Fiona Duffy on Sat, 12/24/2016 – 13:08
Computer whizzkid Jonathan disappeared from his Milton Keynes home in February 2002. Within 24 hours his colleague Stuart Martin, 40, had fled abroad – shortly after confessing to a friend that he’d killed Jonathan. He was traced to Australia and extradited back to the UK to face trial.
In December 2004, at Reading Crown Court Martin, 42, was convicted of Jonathan’s manslaughter and given a seven and a half year prison sentence.
Jonathan’s heartbroken parents, Sheila and Alan, of Oxford, continually wrote to Martin begging for information about their son’s body but received no reply.
After being released on licence Martin died from a heart condition in June 2010 without ever revealing Jonathan’s whereabouts.
Sheila, 64, a mature student, and Alan, 67, a maintenance engineer, still make regular appeals for information – in the hope that Martin may have confided in a fellow prisoner. “We have lived with this nightmare for over 14 years, not knowing what happened to our son and we have never been able to grieve properly. “We have got so far but can go no further. We don’t have any closure and it’s difficult to move on with our lives this way.
We feel like we are letting our son down by not finding him. He is still out there somewhere. All we want is to bring him home, so he is back with the people that love him, not lying alone somewhere in a cold, unmarked grave. Our son deserves better than this. And we want more than anything for someone to tell us where our son could be. We just feel we can’t leave this search for the next generation of our family.”
They described their son as “a quiet, good-humoured boy with a sense of fun” who had been “exceptionally talented” with computers.
Jonathan is still out there somewhere,” says Sheila, who still trawls the local countryside in the hope of finding her son. “All we want is to bring him home, so he is back with the people that love him, not lying alone somewhere in a cold, unmarked grave. Our son deserves better than this.”