Friday 23 March 2018

Desperate loved ones searching for 14 missing mums, dads and kids last seen at Manchester Arena

  • Parents and friends circulate pictures of loved ones online
  • Some children being held safe in number of hotels
  • Hotel staff taking calls from panicked parents
  • 'I don't know how people can do this to innocent children' - desperate mum
Desperate family members are searching for their loved ones
Desperate family members are searching for their loved ones

Helena Horton Nicola Harley

Desperate parents and friends have been searching frantically for loved ones after the terror attack on the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Fifteen people have been confirmed missing by family and friends following the attack that killed 22, among them youngsters. Scores were also injured in the suicide bomb attack outside the main arena at around 10.30pm, after the US singer's performance.

Nell Jones

A 14-year-old girl, believed to have been using crutches on the night of the concert, has been reported missing.

Members of her family are in Manchester searching for her.

Ms Jones, who attends Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School has not been heard from since the concert.

A post on Knutsford Young Farmers' Facebook page said: "One of our members and close friend Nell Jones was at the concert last night and sadly is still missing.

"If anyone hears from Nell please let someone know! #PrayForNell.

"Please share!"

Denis Oliver, headteacher at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, said: "We are this morning offering support to a number of students and their families who were affected by the shocking events in Manchester last evening.

"A number of students attended the event and we are able to report that the majority of them returned were physically unharmed but many of them, their parents and their friends are understandably upset this morning.

We believe that one student remains unaccounted for and I have spoken directly with the family.

"This is an unbelievably difficult time for everyone affected by this terrible incident and our thoughts are with the families most affected.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

Olivia Campbell

A heartbroken mother whose 15-year-old daughter has not been found broke down in tears on ITV's Good Morning Britain.

Olivia Campbell

Charlotte Campbell spoke of how she had not spoken to her daughter Olivia since she set off for the event.

Mrs Campbell said: “All I know is she was at the Manchester Arena with her friend watching Ariana Grande and she’s not turned up yet.

“I can’t get through to her. I’ve called the hospitals, I’ve called all the places, the hotels where people say that children have been taken.

“I’ve called the police. There’s no news, I’ve just got to wait. I’m waiting at home just in case she turns up here.”

Martyn Hett

Dan Hett put out desperate calls for his brother Martyn, a PR manager who was at the concert.

Martyn Hett, 29, last tweeted from the event, saying: "When you sneak out for a toilet break on the Macy Gray song and the entire arena had the same idea #DangerousWomanTour".

He was due to go on the "trip of a lifetime" to America and had spent the past few days saying goodbye to friends before his two-month trip.

His step-mother Kathryn Hett, 59, has revealed his phone is now turned off and that his family is "devastated" and worried about him.

Kathryn, who has been  married to Martyn's dad Paul for 25 years,  said:  "We just heard he was there with friends and got separated from them. We haven't seen him since. His phone's off now. You can't help thinking the longer it goes on, the worst could have happened.

"He was due to go to America tomorrow for two months for the holiday of a lifetime. So he's been having lots of parties with family and friends. We saw him on Friday night.

"He's got so many friends, he has a huge network. If he was safe he would have made an attempt to get in touch with somebody.

"I didn't even know he was there last night until we heard this morning, his dad got the call at work.  His mum and dad are at the Etihad Stadium now. They've said the staff have been really good looking after people there. People there are just in shock. I think there is very little information the can give to anybody.

"I've been married to his dad for 25 years and I've known him since he was five. We're very close. He works in PR.

"I feel absolutely devastated. It's so awful. It's right on our doorstep. Something like this is always in the back of your mind in this day and age."

Martyn's brother Dan has been desperately sharing his missing photo in the hope that someone might have seen him and can alert the family.

Dan, 31, said:  "I've got nothing but thanks and gratitude on behalf of my city, to the people that have opened up their businesses to take people in, ferried people home, and spread the work to get people found.

"I condemn in the strongest, strongest possible terms, anyone who is using this crisis to push a political view or agenda of any kind today."

Stuart Aspinall, 25, posted on Facebook: “The more news that is coming out, the scarier this is getting. There was an explosion at the Ariana Grande concert tonight in Manchester and I haven’t seen my friend Martyn since.

“He went to the bar about 20 minutes before the end of the concert and got chatting to some girls. As I was leaving, the explosion happened and everyone started running.

“I just want to find out that he’s safe somewhere.”

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry

Friends and family of missing Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, put out a call for help.

The pair went missing after the Ariana Grande concert and have not yet been found.

They are from South Shields, and local media has been circulating pictures of them in the hope someone saw them after the attack.

Their friend Anna Ridley told ITV: "I want to hear my best friend's voice again and make sure her and her boyfriend are okay!

"I love them both and wouldn't know what to do without them. I've been up all night messaging, sharing, phoning everybody and anybody to find them. I pray and plead for everyone to get sharing to help find these two amazing people."

Pop band Little Mix sent out an appeal, asking fans to help locate the young pair.

They wrote: "Please if anyone has information on the whereabouts of Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry contact 07920405015".

A family friend wrote on Facebook during the afternoon: "STILL MISSING- Please do not stop searching, any small piece of info might be enough to help us locate Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry who are both still missing.

"Family and friends are extremely upset and concerned and we need them to get in touch and we need them back home and okay. There are no sign of them in any hotel in the area nor on a hospital list as an injured person. Please keep these faces in the forefront of your mind. We love you come on guys".

Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron

Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron, from Gateshead, were reported as missing by friends and family.

Deborah Hutchinson wrote on Facebook: "My daughter Courtney Boyle and partner Philip Tron have gone missing tonight in a attack at Manchester tonight please share and help find them I need them home safe".

Mrs Hutchinson was in Manchester waiting for them to be found.

Courtney Boyle, a Criminology and Psychology student at Leeds Beckett University, was at the concert with her step-father Philip Tron.

Laura Macintyre and Eilidh MacLeod

The families of Laura, 15, and Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from the island of Barra, made desperate appeals when they failed to get in touch after the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert which left 22 dead and at least 59 injured.

Mr MacNeil, who has represented the island as MP since 2005, said the older girl is now being treated in hospital in Manchester.

"Laura is alive in hospital and is in a serious condition," he said.

"We are obviously still extremely worried about Eilidh. We have no news at the moment."

Angelika and Marcin Klis

A young woman has put out an appeal for the safe return of her parents, Angelika and Marcin Klis, who both attended the concert.

Daughter Alex Klis, a student at the University of York, wrote: "Anyone who is in any safe place or hospital in Manchester, if anyone comes across my parents please please let me know as they've been missing ever since the attack, this is a picture taken tonight so this is exactly what they were wearing".

Wendy Fawell

The sister of 50-year-old Wendy Fawell posted a plea on Facebook, asking for her to be found.

She wrote: "Please share! Wendy Fawell hasn't been seen since just before the incident at Manchester arena! Don't know if she has her phone on her or not, police are aware, just if anyone has seen her!"

Kelly Brewster

Friends of Kelly Brewster, from Sheffield, have put out pleas on social media, claiming she is missing.

Ms Brewster, from Sheffield, who according to her Facebook page works at Aviva, was allegedly at the concert last night and has not replied to friends and family when contacted.

Her friend Chantelle Garrity said she was last heard from at 10.30 last night. She wrote: "Thank you to everyone who keeps sharing my post. Kelly Brewster is still missing. Had no contact at all from her since approx 10.30pm last night! Please keep her picture on you and if anyone sees her please get in touch with me asap!!"

Alison and Lisa

Alison, 44, and Lisa, 43, from Royton, haven't been seen by anyone since they went to pick up their children from the concert last night.

Alison's daughter Sasha posted a message on Facebook asking for help finding her mother


Alison and Lisa Credit: Facebook

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