Natasha's parents make emotional plea
NATASHA Coombs' parents today pleaded with her to come home, but admitted they are living in constant fear of what “tomorrow will bring”.Natasha Coombs, 17, of Dovercourt, Essex, vanished after boarding a late night train from Ipswich on July 27.
NATASHA Coombs' parents today pleaded with her to come home, but admitted they are living in constant fear of what “tomorrow will bring”.
Natasha Coombs, 17, of Dovercourt, Essex, vanished after boarding a late night train from Ipswich on July 27.
Today, her parents Gary and Joanne revealed she had recently split from her boyfriend, who she had been seeing “on and off” for less than a year.
But Mrs Coombs, 40, said: “I wasn't aware she was upset about that.”
Speaking from their home, Mr and Mrs Coombs made an emotional appeal for their only child to get in touch.
Mr Coombs, 47, said: "If Natasha is suffering from heartache or she has some problems, we are there for her.
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"Whatever it is, we will make it better for her. We will talk to her and make the problem disappear.
"We would prefer to suffer with her. She is such an integral part of our lives and we need her to come back.''
Mrs Coombs said her daughter had never been missing before but had stayed out overnight with friends on occasions.
“There may have been times when she'd had a little drink and stayed at a friend's house, but she would always call us in the morning or just turn up at home,'' she said.
Mr Coombs, an insurance manager at Norwich Union, said: "It would have been completely out of character for her to take off. I think she would take solace with Joanne and myself.
"Joanne was Natasha's best friend without a shadow of doubt. They shared everything together.''
The couple are determined to remain positive but admit they have no idea where Natasha could be.
Mr Coombs said: "It's now the 12th day (since she went missing). You wake up in the morning and you've got pains in your stomach. The last few days have been pretty much the same. You feel numb.
"It's a rollercoaster. We are thinking all sorts of scenarios, but we just try to stay positive.
"It's just before you go to sleep at night you fear what tomorrow is going to bring. I try to get those negative thoughts out of my head.''
Mrs Coombs added: "People have said to us sometimes a 17-year-old needs to clear her head and stay away, and we are taking comfort from that.
"She has so much to look forward to. Soon she'll be learning to drive, then it will be her 18th birthday. She's a very happy girl who loves being around people, especially at family gatherings.''
Footage of Natasha boarding a train at Ipswich station at 10.42pm on July 27 remains the last confirmed sighting of her.
Her mobile phone signal was traced to the Manningtree area of Essex, but it is not known if she got off the train there.
Mr Coombs said he had texted his daughter to ask if she wanted to be picked up from Dovercourt train station.
At 11.01pm she replied to say: "No, I've booked a taxi.''
About 30 minutes earlier, Natasha had called her parents to say she was on her way home.
Mrs Coombs said it was just a "normal conversation'' and lasted a few seconds.
Police believe Natasha had become upset about the separation from her boyfriend during the evening of July 27, when she met two friends for a meal in Ipswich.
Officers are trying to establish which taxi firm Natasha had called and are appealing for people who were on the same train as the teenager to contact them.