“PLEASE come home, we miss you so much” – The family of missing Paul Wilkinson today opened their hearts to the Echo and begged the 38-year-old to let them know he’s safe.
Victoria Wilkinson has spent the past week-and-a-half waiting for news of her husband.
On the morning of Sunday, May 13, Paul left his Marley Pots home, telling his family he was popping to nearby shops. That was the last time they saw him.
Fighting back the tears, Victoria, 28, today said: “It’s been absolute torture every minute not knowing where he is and whether he’s OK.
“It’s been a nightmare but we’ve had to take it day by day and keep our heads up for the kids, and for my health as well.”
Fears for Paul’s welfare have been growing each day and despite a number of police appeals, no news about him has emerged.
Weeks before he disappeared, Paul became depressed after losing his job making car parts for Nissan. He was taking medication for this, which he did not take with him.
Paul, who is dad to 18-month-old Aaron with Victoria and also has three other sons, left behind all of his personal belongings.
Victoria, of Elmwood Avenue, said: “We’re all really concerned about where he is and that he’s safe. We all just want him to come home.
“I miss him and the kids miss him so much.”
Making her heartfelt plea for SAFC-mad Paul to get in touch, Victoria, who married him in August last year, described Paul as “loving”, “funny” and “kind”.
“We’d been together for two-and-a-half years and he was always so caring,” Victoria, who is also mum to Bethany, Molly and LJ, said.
“He was also funny but liked to keep himself to himself.
“He hadn’t been himself in the week before he went. He took losing his job quite badly and he was very quiet.
“He’s never done anything like this before and we’ve no idea where he may have gone. I’m hoping that he’s still in the area.”
Police are continuing their investigation into Paul’s disappearance.
Superintendent Jim Napier said: “It’s now been over a week since Paul was last seen and his family are increasingly anxious to hear from him and hear that he is ok.
“We already know that he left home with very little money and without his medication, since he left we haven’t had any confirmed sightings of him.
“I really would urge anyone who knows where he is or Paul himself to contact and reassure his family he is ok.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101.