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Last Updated: Friday, 19 September, 2003, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Father's appeal to missing mum
David Putt holds his grandson Rhys
Natalie's father appeals to her to return home to baby son Rhys
The father of a Black Country teenage mother who vanished from her family home three weeks ago has made an emotional plea for her to come home.

Natalie Putt, 17, disappeared after saying she was going to the shops near her home in Thornleigh, Upper Gornal, on 1 September.

She took no personal possessions and left behind her three-month-old baby son Rhys and boyfriend Kevin McCallum, also 17.

After an extensive search of her home and favourite haunts, police have no clues to where she might have gone.

At a press conference at Brierley Hill police station on Friday, Natalie's father David held baby Rhys and said: "Natalie, I just need to know that you are OK.

"Please come home. You can contact myself, the police or a member of the family.

"Rhys is growing up and he is missing you. We all are."

A major police inquiry has now been launched to try to trace the teenage mother involving West Midlands and Staffordshire forces.

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