Still missing: Search for lost Midlands children goes on

These are the lost youngsters of the Midlands – missing children who have disappeared without a trace.

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As the world hunts for Madeleine McCann there are almost a dozen families across the region who, like parents Kate and Gerry McCann, are still desperate for answers over where there loved ones are.

And the 10 youngsters who have vanished from the streets of the region are just a handful of the 121 children across the UK that the Missing People charity is working to track down.

Some, like Linh Bui, aged 16, have been missing for a matter of months while others, like Stourport’s Maria Aldridge have not been seen for decades.

Schoolboy pals David Spencer, aged 13, and Patrick Warren, just 11, went missing in 1996 on their way to meet a relative.

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One of the most high-profile outstanding cases is that of Natalie Putt, the 17-year-old from the Lower Gornal area of Dudley, who has been missing for more than 10 years.

The young mother vanished in September 2003 and has not been seen since.

Last month there was a renewed appeal to mark the 10th anniversary of her disappearance but Natalie’s half-sister Rebecca Coggins says she is still no closer to knowing what happened. Despite that though she says she will never give up hope.

“I thought when they launched the new appeal, somebody might remember something, but there’s been nothing at all, it’s exactly the same,” she said.

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Mrs Coggins, who now lives in Nottingham, said she hoped the renewed publicity surrounding Madeleine McCann following a feature on Crimewatch, might help keep Natalie’s case in the public’s mind and added: “I think you have got to remain hopeful, you can’t give up and say there’s no hope.

“We’re quite a strong family, and we tend to support each other. Me and my other sister talk about her quite a lot, she’s the missing part of our family.

“We often say things like ‘what would Natalie think about that?’

“We’re three sisters, not two, and it’s very hard, it eats away at you.”

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Comments for: "Still missing: Search for lost Midlands children goes on"

James Howells

While it is a tragedy that the McCann,s lost their child I do not understand why the police and media have given it so much attention when previous cases , like the one shown here, were not give one quarter of the attention , or effort.

These cases who that people with out money or police,media ,political influence do not get the same attention and service

If the McCanns had been a working class family from Darlington or Darlaston the tradgidy and effort would have close down in six weeks

Eric Medley

Big difference between the missing children above and Madeleine McCann is....did their parents knowingly & willingly risk their safety to go socialising with friends!!

Dutch Wolf

Well done the E&S! - but keep it up. Everyone deserves this, not just the favoured few.


I feel for the McCanns family, But I don't understand why have they been given so much attention. Every time I hear about them all I think about is all the other children not found I feel for their families and I am sure they must be thinking the same....I hope someone can help those families much more.. Just like the McCanns.

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