‘Thirty years on, we still don’t know who abducted our son’: Parents of Martin Allen make final plea for information
The ageing parents of a teenage boy abducted 30 years ago today made a final appeal for information about his fate.
Martin Allen, 15, was last seen by a friend at King’s Cross Tube station as he made his way home from school on November 5, 1979.
His case has baffled teams of Scotland Yard detectives who have been unable to find any trace of him.
Desperate: Martin Allen’s parents say they still cry on the anniversary of his disappearance in 1979 and have given up hope of ever seeing him again
Final plea: Tom and Eileen Allen are making one last appeal for information about their son, who was 15 when he vanished
Speaking today, Tom and Eileen Allen, of Bordon, Hampshire, admitted they have lost hope of ever seeing him again and fear they may die before his body is discovered.
Mrs Allen, 81, said: ‘We just want to know what happened so we can have some final closure. But of course it will never go out of our minds.
‘My biggest wish is to have a meeting of the family and a remembrance service, not a funeral, but a service so we can put our memories away.
Happier times: Martin with his mother. He disappeared while on his way home from school
‘We just want to know what happened. Somebody must know something. Please tell us so we can move on.’
Mr Allen, 85, revealed he still cries on the day his son disappeared, his birthdays and when he hears music his son loved.
He said: ‘I just break down. I go out into the woods and I simply burst.
‘After that I am all right. I cannot help it.
‘I had hope until the beginning of this year. I still had lots of hope but suddenly it disappeared. I do not know why.’
‘Baffling’: Martin disappeared as he made his way home from King’s Cross Tube station 30 years ago
Metropolitan Police officers have continued to investigate the disappearance of Martin since a review took place in 2006, but admit they have no new leads.
The teenager went missing as he travelled home from school to pick up some money to take to his older brother Bob in Holloway.
His father worked as a chauffeur and the family lived in a cottage in the grounds of the Australian High Commission in Hyde Park Gate, Kensington.
Martin left a friend at a foot tunnel leading on to the southbound Piccadilly platform at King’s Cross station at about 3.50pm.
He has not been seen since, but a passenger came forward after a television appeal and said he saw a man and a boy acting suspiciously at Earls Court.
The man was standing with his arm around a boy who looked like Martin and both appeared nervous.
He was heard to say: ‘Don’t try to run.’
Operation: Despite television appeals and this artist’s impression of a man standing with boy who looked like Martin no trace of him has ever been found
Despite a huge operation, including a visit to every property in Earls Court and the publication of an artist’s impression, police have not been able to trace the man.
Investigators have ruled out 200 possible suspects, spoken to 50,000 people and collected 600 statements to the inquiry.
They have not been able to find any of Martin’s possessions, which included his school books, lunchbox and part of a model railway.
At one point detectives considered whether serial killer Dennis Nilsen could be responsible but found no evidence to substantiate this.
Mr Allen said his son would have contacted them if he was alive because he would not have wanted them to worry.
He said: ‘There must be someone out there who knows a tiny little bit but has never said anything.
Missing: Detectives have spoken to 50,000 people and collected 600 statements in the investigation into Martin’s disappearance
‘They could be the answer we are looking for to help our family come to a bit of rest instead of always saying “I wonder what did happen?”‘
Mrs Allen, who works with disabled children, said her heart goes out to the parents of other missing children.
And she said she cannot bring herself to read coverage about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
She said: ‘It has been difficult because the other boys have grown up and they have got their own sons. It must be very hard for them.
‘Because I am still working with children that does help. I have got to keep going for the sake of the children that are left and the grandchildren.
‘Nobody wants you if you are miserable and crying all the time. I am strong and I have managed to keep my feelings to myself most of the time.’
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nash, who is leading the inquiry, said the case is ‘truly baffling’.
He said: ‘Officers have worked tirelessly to trace Martin but despite floods of information coming in we have not been able to discover what happened to him.
‘I am convinced someone knows what happened to Martin and I would urge them to do the right thing and tell us.
‘I hope the passage of time will encourage them to come forward. Martin’s family have had an agonising 30 years not knowing what became of him.’
Anyone with information should call the incident room at Hendon on 0208 358 0100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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