A devastated Wearside mum says she is 'living a nightmare' - as she desperately searches for answers eight months after her beloved son vanished without a trace.
Callum Young, 23, disappeared from his bedsit in Hylton Road, Sunderland, back in August, sparking a missing persons appeal by police.
Heartbroken mother Colleen Young says her much-missed son is the 'first person' she thinks when she wakes up every morning - and the last face imprinted on her mind as she goes to sleep.
The 43-year-old was forced to endure a miserable festive period without her son and suffered more agony when his 23rd birthday passed in January without any further clue as to his whereabouts.
The mum-of-five still is still clinging onto hope that her is son is alive and well -and will soon return to the loving arms of his distraught family.
Miss Young, from Rutherglen Road, Sunderland, says Callum is a 'mammy's boy' who would rarely go a day without speaking to her.
But now, more than eight months after she last saw her son, she remains baffled by his 'mystery' disappearance.
Miss Young said: "I am living a nightmare.
"I have still heard nothing, nothing has changed."
Miss Young, who appealed for information in an interview with the Echo back in January, is renewing her plea for her son to 'come home''.
She added: "I just want Callum to come home.
"He is the first person on my mind when I wake up in the morning and the last person I think of when I go to sleep at night.
"I would ask anyone with any information to get in touch with the police.
"The police have told me Callum's bank account hasn't been touched since he went missing.
"They say they haven't got any leads to go on at the moment and need some fresh evidence.
"His disappearance is still a complete mystery.
"I couldn't celebrate Christmas or Callum's birthday in January."
Miss Young is eager to raise awareness of her painful plight in the hope that she will finally be reunited with her son.
Callum Young was last seen at his shared bedsit in Hylton Road, Sunderland, on the afternoon of Thursday, August 27.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 474 300815.