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Last Updated: Friday, 10 August 2007, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
Boyfriend plea over missing girl
Joshua Brennan
Mr Brennan last spoke to Natasha on the day she went missing
The former boyfriend of a teenage girl missing from her Essex home has appealed for help in finding her.

Natasha Coombs, 17, has not been seen since boarding a train from Ipswich in Suffolk, to her home in Dovercourt, Essex, on 27 July.

Joshua Brennan, 18, said Natasha was "the best person " in his life and he spoke to her on the day she went missing, telling her he loved her.

He said the couple had separated two weeks before her disappearance.

You are my best friend and I miss you and want you home
Joshua Brennan

They had spent Valentine's Day in Paris and had also been on a trip to Amsterdam together.

"She had no reason to run away," said Mr Brennan, who is from Lawford in Essex.

"Natasha, in my mind, is gorgeous. She is the most gorgeous person I have ever met.

"Not only are you the best person in my life, you are my best friend and I miss you and want you home," he said.

Harwich teenager Natasha Coombs
Natasha had called her parents to say she was on her way home

He said posters had been put up around the Manningtree area in Essex, which is where Natasha is believed to have got off a train she boarded at Ipswich at 2242 BST.

She had been out for a meal with friends in the town on the night of her disappearance.

Police believe she might have been upset about the separation from her boyfriend on the night she went missing.

Another friend, Joshua Nellie, has set up a website in an attempt to find her, which has already received more than 3,000 hits.

Joshua Brennan said he and Natasha had agreed to a short break in their relationship

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