Words of comfort over Luke

MESSAGES of support for the family of a missing Suffolk teenager have flooded in from all over the world, it can be revealed today.Luke Durbin, of Coronation Avenue in Hollesley, near Woodbridge, went missing following a night out in Zest nightclub, in Ipswich, on Thursday May 11.

MESSAGES of support for the family of a missing Suffolk teenager have flooded in from all over the world, it can be revealed today.

Luke Durbin, of Coronation Avenue in Hollesley, near Woodbridge, went missing following a night out in Zest nightclub, in Ipswich, on Thursday May 11.

Since his disappearance his family have started a campaign to locate him by putting up posters and appealing in the media.

But it is a website set up for information about the 19-year-old's whereabouts which has proved to be popular with well-wishers to the family.


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Poignant words from his mother, Nicki, can be read on the website and beg the teenager to get in touch.

She said: “Luke, if you can please, please just phone and let me know you are OK. I love you very much.”

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More than 30 messages of support follow Nicki's words, all of which have been posted within the last few weeks.

Messages come from as far away as America and Canada and many are from people who do not know Luke.

One entry said: “I don't know you young man but I can say it looks like a lot of people love you very, very much.”

Zac Madison, a close friend who was out with Luke the night he disappeared has urged people who may hold vital clues to get in touch as soon as possible.

Mr Madison, 20, who lives in Woodbridge, said: “The night he went missing we were out with a friend from London. We don't get to see each other very often but when he comes up we like to go out to catch up.

“We were only in Zest for an hour or an hour-and-a-half when I turned around after buying us a drink and Luke wasn't there.

“I looked for him for about 20 or 25 minutes but I couldn't find him. I just assumed he'd either gone home, was waiting for us out the front, or had maybe gone off with a girl.

“I would ask anyone who may have the slightest bit of information to get in touch, either with me or the police, because anything could help.”

CCTV footage showed that, after leaving Zest, Mr Durbin made his way to the Hawk taxi rank in Old Foundry Road, Ipswich, where he tried to get a taxi at about 3.40am.

The former Farlingaye High School student was last seen walking in the direction of Major's Corner and was also seen earlier at Ipswich train station.

Mr Durbin is described as white, 5ft 10in, of slim build, with short mousy-coloured wavy hair and blue eyes. On the night he went missing, he was wearing blue jeans, a black shirt, brown suede shoes and possibly a blue/grey sweatshirt.

Anyone with information can call Mr Madison on 07899 721074, Woodbridge police station on 01473 613500, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or the National Missing Persons Helpline on 0500 700700.

Messages posted on www.findluke.com

John, from the UK, said: “Our thoughts go out to you - we pray for Luke's safe return.”

Sherry, from the UK, said: “Stay strong and my prayers to you all. I do hope Luke turns up soon.”

C, from the USA, said: “I sincerely hope and pray that you will be together again soon. Don't lose hope. God bless you all.”

Zach, from the UK, said: “Luke where are you? Come home you have all of your friends and family waiting for you.”

Alex, from the UK, said: “So worried about you Luke, thinking of you wherever you are.”

Tina, from the UK, said: “I have two sons about the same age who also go to Zest sometimes. I will make sure they read about Luke.”

Penny, from the UK, said: “Luke, please let someone know that you are safe.”

Oriana, from the UK, said: “Nicki and Alicia, thinking of you and Luke all the time, if there is anything at all I can do please let me know.”

Pam, from Canada, said: “Nicki, you are always in our thoughts.”

Ann, from the UK, said: “I can imagine the nightmare you're living and really feel for you. May god give you strength to keep you strong while you wait for news of Luke.”

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