The aunt of a 16-year-old missing from home in South London has said ‘he’s not just another missing boy’ in an emotional plea to help find him.
Isaiah Aderiye was last seen at around 2pm on Thursday, July 1 in New Cross.
He is 6ft tall with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and black tracksuit trousers.
Sarah Adebambo, who claims to be Isaiah’s aunt, made an impassioned plea on social media to help find her nephew.
She said: “I believe strongly that someone who knows where Isaiah is, has seen the notices.
“Now this is not just ‘another young boy who has gone missing’, this is a son, a cousin, a nephew, a brother.
“We need Isaiah back.”
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She added: “Anyone who knows me will know July is a month of celebration for me and my family. Because it’s my son’s and my birthdays this month.
“We had plans for my son’s birthday, and right now we can’t do anything because we don’t know where his cousin Isaiah is.
“Now I’m pleading with anyone with any information to get in contact with the police, with missingpeople.org.uk, and let them know.
“My son is going to be four next week and he doesn’t know where his cousin is and this is heartbreaking.”
A general statement from Isaiah’s family released by the Metropolitan Police said: “Isaiah, we miss and love you so much and just want you back home safely.
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“Wherever you are, please know that you are dearly loved. Whatever you are going through we are here to listen and help. God Bless you.”
As well as New Cross the teenager is said to frequent Lewisham and Deptford.
A statement from the Met said: “Officers have carried out several lines of enquiry to trace and locate Isaiah however, despite extensive efforts Isaiah remains missing.
“Anyone who has seen Isaiah or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 and quote ref: 21MIS019360.”
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