Grandad's plea for missing Welwyn Garden City teen

PUBLISHED: 11:49 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

Dillon Cooper, missing days after his dad died in Thailand

Dillon Cooper, missing days after his dad died in Thailand

A GRANDFATHER has made an emotional plea for his missing 13-year-old grandson to come home. Young Dillon Cooper has not been seen for two weeks and grandad Bernard is frantic with worry. Mr Cooper said the family were holidaying at Butlins when they heard

A GRANDFATHER has made an emotional plea for his missing 13-year-old grandson to come home.

Young Dillon Cooper has not been seen for two weeks and grandad Bernard is frantic with worry.

Mr Cooper said the family were holidaying at Butlins when they heard the tragic news that Dillon's dad, who lived in Thailand, had died.

Dillon was also coming to terms with the death of his uncle and grandmother.

They returned home to Creswick Court in WGC and were visited by social services, who wanted to send the teen into care.

Bernard said the youngster overheard the conversation, packed his clothes and left.

A week after Dillon had gone missing Bernard wanted action, having felt he had no help from the police in tracking him down.

The 59-year-old decided to paint on the road, "Where's Dills Cooper".

He was promptly arrested and held in police cells for 24 hours and given a caution for criminal damage.

Bernard said: "It was worth it, at least they are starting to do something now."

The grandfather said Dillon had called to say: "Love you grandad, I'm all right," but hung up before he could speak.

In a direct appeal to Dillon, Bernard said: "Come home and let's get all this mess sorted out."

Pc Sarah Corr said: "He is very street-wise, we believe he is in WGC as we have had some sightings of him but he is only 13-year-old and therefore vulnerable."

Dillon is described as white, of slim build with short untidy blond hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion.

He was wearing a black top, grey bottoms and was carrying a change of clothing.

If you know of his whereabouts call police on 0845 33 00 222.

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