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Dad’s heartbreaking appeal after ‘straight A’ student, 21, missing for 20 days without phone, travel card and cash

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The concerned father of a straight-A student has shared a new appeal to help find his son after he went missing 20 days ago.

Afuosino ‘Fofo’ Lamai, 21, walked out of the family home in Bickley, Bromley on Saturday, October 30.

He left without his mobile phone, travel card, bank card and cash and was wearing white sandals, a black hoodie and baggy clothing.

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Afuosino likes to wear dark, baggy clothing

CCTV footage shows Afuosino at Petts Wood train station on Sunday, October 31, and someone matching his description was seen drinking tea at a cafe in Elmers End on Tuesday, November 9.

Dad, Richard Lamai, says Afuosino is of an “autistic nature” and likely has Asperger’s syndrome because he lacks social skills and is non-verbal – but is awaiting an official diagnosis.

Afuosino is 6ft 2ins tall

Afuosino is 6ft 2ins tall

Describing his son to MyLondon, Richard said: “Afuosino minds his own business, he doesn’t talk that much. He’s non-verbal and he wouldn’t look you straight in the eye because of his autistic nature.

“I worry for him, he doesn’t have money or the cognitive ability, he doesn’t have social skills – he could come to harm. Without his medication, he’s going to progressively deteriorate.

“Lots of psychiatrists and psychologists haven’t been able to properly diagnose him, but they all agree that he’s on the autism spectrum, and has Asperger’s syndrome with a bit of psychosis.

“He’s been on some medication, and has previously been in mental health institutions.”

Afuosino left his house in Bromley without his personal belongings

Afuosino left his house in Bromley without his personal belongings

Afuosino has gone missing before on three separate occasions, however, he is normally found within a day or two by police or members of the public.

Richard says his son goes missing whenever he has a “meltdown”, and was previously found on a construction site in Victoria and on top of a tree.

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He adds: “We know when these meltdowns are coming because he’ll pace up and down and opens the front door, he walks out onto the street and surrounding neighbourhood.

“Afuosino is a straight-A student, he went to the best school in Nigeria and went to Cranbrook School in Kent, where he had A’s – he was about to go to Imperial College before he started having his mental health problems.”

Richard was able to identify his son at Petts Wood train station from CCTV footage

Richard was able to identify his son at Petts Wood train station from CCTV footage

Afuosino is described as 6ft 2ins tall, he wears baggy clothing and doesn’t like hot and cold temperatures.

Richard believes he is likely to be in a “dishevelled state”, having been missing for almost three weeks and without his medication.

The family have launched several appeals on social media, Bromley Police and the charity, Missing People have also posted appeals from their Twitter accounts.

Anyone with information about Afuosino is urged to call police on 101 and quote 21MIS034113.

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