Family of son missing for two years ‘overwhelmed with relief’ after he sends letter from 400 miles away

Family of son missing for two years ‘overwhelmed with relief’ after he sends letter from 400 miles away

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THE family of a man who has been missing for two years has spoken of being “overwhelmed with relief” after receiving a letter from him.

Johnalexander O’Neill disappeared just days before Christmas in 2017 – leaving his devastated mum Marie Kinloch in “limbo”.

Johnalexander O'Neill went missing two years ago
Johnalexander O’Neill went missing two years ago
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Johnalexander's mum Marie Kinloch and his sister Charlene Duffy said they had been living in limbo waiting for news about him
Johnalexander’s mum Marie Kinloch and his sister Charlene Duffy said they had been living in limbo waiting for news about him
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But the 51-year-old revealed how after two years of heartache, she had received a letter she believes is from her son, sent from Suffolk to the family home in Renfrewshire in Scotland.

She told The Express: “I can’t believe it. I’m still in shock.

“My daughter Charlene came into the house and stood at the door. She was holding an envelope.

“She just looked at me smiling. I said is it ‘JA’ and she nodded.”

The mum said that while the letter was not in her son’s writing, she was convinced it was from him.

She said key details in the letter, addressed to his dad Ricky, made her believe it was her son who had made someone else write the letter.

And the message will not help the mum move on, who said she had been stuck in limbo since she last saw him just a few days before Christmas in 2017.

HAUNTING LAST SIGHTING

The bakery manager had been on a busy shift when her son popped in to see her.

But the store was so packed with festive shoppers she asked her son to come back around an hour later when the mid-day rush was over.

She had no idea it was to be the last time they spoke.

She said: “To this day I wish I had stopped and had a chat with him but I thought at the time he looked fine.

“It was only later I remember thinking there was something in his eyes that just wasn’t right.”

The family said Johnalexander had gone missing before, but never for this long.

Marie said: “We want him to know we love him and want him to come home or get in touch to say he’s alright.”

Police Scotland confirmed they had been contacted about a missing person, with a number of enquiries suggesting he was in London.


The family had been plastering the area with appeals for information after Johnalexander went missing.

They have been supported by Joan Grant from Missing Persons UK and Beyond to raise awareness through flyers and social media.

The letter is the first time the family has heard from Johnalexander
The letter is the first time the family has heard from Johnalexander
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The family has plastered the area with posters appealing for information
The family has plastered the area with posters appealing for information
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