Missing Luke's mum tells of anguish

LUKE Durbin's mother today revealed the recent discoveries of the remains of two teenagers have made her realise as one day it could become a strong possibility she will face the same agonising news.

LUKE Durbin's mother today revealed the recent discoveries of the remains of two teenagers have made her realise as one day it could become a strong possibility she will face the same agonising news.

As she prepares for the missing Hollesley teenager's 21st birthday on December 4, Nicki Durbin said watching the recent news footage about the remains of missing teenagers Dinah McNicol and Vicky Hamilton being found at an address in Margate has only brought the issue home even more.

Ms Durbin, 38, who also has an 18-year-old daughter, said: “It goes beyond empathy. I have read lots of articles about Dinah's father and although the family have got some closure, they are now starting a new part to their nightmare.

“At the moment it is beyond my comprehension but one day it may be a strong possibility that I will face the same thing.”


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Ms Durbin, of Coronation Avenue, Hollesley, has spent months tirelessly campaigning to raise awareness of the situation and she insists she will not give up until he is found.

She said Luke's birthday on December 4 will just be a painful reminder of his disappearance more than 18 months ago.

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She said: “I am just going to try and get through his birthday. It is going to be a very difficult day, worse than Christmas, because your son's 21st is special.

“The emotional side of me finds the idea of his 21st birthday more mentally destroying than Christmas but the rational part of me knows it is just another day without Luke.

“Any anniversary compounds the fact that he is missing and there is an empty place here. I will never stop looking for Luke.”

Throughout her search for Luke, Ms Durbin has used the www.findluke.com website to publicise the efforts.

She said: “It is very comforting to see people's comments and messages on the website. I have kept it going because someone somewhere might stumble across it and know something.”

There have been no new leads about his whereabouts and police have now told her that they have taken the enquiry for as far as it will go for now.

Luke was last seen about 4am on May 12, 2006, when he was spotted on CCTV in the Buttermarket area of Ipswich.

Anyone with information about Luke's whereabouts should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or the National Missing Persons Helpline on 0500 700700.

For more information about Luke's disappearance, visit www.findluke.com.

Do you have a message for Luke or his family? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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