Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Every Time the Phone Rings You Hope It Is Him; No Sign of Dad Missing for Two Months

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Every Time the Phone Rings You Hope It Is Him; No Sign of Dad Missing for Two Months

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Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON

IT has been almost two months and still no news.

Every time the telephone rings the Easton family pray that it is David on the other end.

David Easton went missing on Friday, December 7 - the 10th anniversary of his father's death.

Today his wife Anne said: "We hope no news is good news, but it is so difficult not knowing."

He left the Blackett Arms Pub in Newcastle at around 11pm after singing on the karaoke and polishing off a few pints.

He was last seen in the area of The Gate before telephoning his ex-wife Anne at around 3am saying he was depressed but wanted to move on with his life.

The father-of-three then vanished without trace and police and his worried family and friends have been searching for him since.

The 42-year-old pined for his pensioner father Bob and each year gets upset when memories flood back at Christmas time.

Police linked this with his disappearance.

David's daughter Emma, 23, who is studying for a teaching degree at Northumbria University, was left distraught by her dad's disappearance but she refused to sit back and wait.

She launched her own poster campaign and enrolled her university pals to put 'wanted' posters up around Newcastle and beyond asking David to contact home or anyone who saw him to get in touch.

The Chronicle took on their plight and appealed to our readers to keep an eye out for David, while the police also printed off hundreds of posters of their own and placed them around prominent places in the city.

Anne, 42, of Snowdrop Close, Winlaton, Gateshead, said: "No one has seen David since December 7. We have heard nothing.

"Every time the telephone rings or there is a knock on the door you hope it is him.

"The kids are on tenterhooks when we read in the paper or hear on the news that a body has been found.

"This week when we heard a man had been found on the beach at South Shields we were waiting all day until we heard that he had been identified. …

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