Schoolmate 80 per cent sure she saw Luke

A YOUNG woman who believes she saw missing man Luke Durbin while on a trip to London has today said she is 80 per cent sure the person she saw was her former schoolmate.

A YOUNG woman who believes she saw missing man Luke Durbin while on a trip to London today said she is 80 per cent sure the person she saw was her former schoolmate.

Lisa Blaxell, 20, who was in Luke's form at Farlingaye High School, saw, the person she believes was Luke, while visiting the capital earlier this month.

Today, she spoke of the moment she thinks he passed her in the street outside the Aldwych Theatre in Drury Lane.

Speaking from her home in Fountain Road, Rendlesham, she said: “The show had finished that we had been to see and there was a big group of us.


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“I caught the eye of someone who was about to walk pass and I didn't think anything of it and turned back to my friends.

“Then I realised it looked like Luke and I turned back and realised he was still looking at me. He kept eye contact the whole time as he walked pass.”

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Miss Blaxell said the man had been wearing dark clothes and a baseball cap and had been smoking.

She said she had been following the story of Luke's disappearance but didn't want to call out to the man in case she scared him off.

She added: “I am 80 pc sure it was him. If it wasn't him it was someone that really looked like him.

“When I saw him I turned to one of my friends and said 'I think I have just seen Luke Durbin what should I do?'

“He had gone up the road and she told me to call police the next day and tell them what I had seen.”

Luke, of Coronation Avenue, Hollesley has not been seen since May 12, 2006 when he was spotted on CCTV in the Buttermarket area of Ipswich.

His mum Nicki is desperate for news of his whereabouts and now plans to visit London to see if she can find her son.

Miss Blaxell is hopeful that her sighting may help reunite them.

She added: “I would like it to be Luke - it would be lovely if it was.”

Miss Blaxell last saw Luke about two Christmases ago but has not really stayed in touch with him since they left school.

Do you have a message for Luke's 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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