Family distraught as man, 25, missing for 3 days without bank card or phone

The family of a man who has not been seen since April 16 are distraught and out searching for him for most of the day. Asif Afzal, a 25-year-old from East Ham, went missing on Saturday at 10am.

His family have said it is out of character for him to not come home and are pleading for anyone who may have information. Speaking to MyLondon, Shumona, who is the best friend of Asif’s sister said the family are not coping well.

She said: “The police have had no leads as of yet. The family are not coping at all, they are out searching for him for most of the day. To my knowledge, this is out of character as he usually returns home.”

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Shumona has been posting on Twitter to help find Asif since the day he went missing. She wrote: “My best friend’s brother has been missing since 10am yesterday (Saturday, April 16). Please help us find him.

“No family or friends have heard from him. He doesn’t have an oyster/bank card and his phone isn’t working. We’ve reported it to the police and called the hospitals.”

According to the family, Asif went for his normal daily walk and he has not been in contact with the family since. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, grey joggers, black trainers and a black backpack.

Asif’s cousin Anisa has also been raising awareness to find him, she said: “My cousin is missing, I am distraught. Please share around.

“Please keep an eye around surrounding East London areas! East Ham, Barking Road, Romford Road, Ilford, Barking. It’s Ramadan too so more people are out especially after Tarawih prayers, spread the word! Keep him in your prayers.”

If you have any information on Asif’s whereabouts, please contact the police or 07306 496 876.

MyLondon has contacted Met Police for comment.

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