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Voicemail in Asperger's boy hunt

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Concern grows for missing teenager Gerwyn Morgan, who has Aspergers syndrome

A voicemail message service has been set up by South Wales Police for people to leave information about a missing teenager who has Asperger's syndrome.

Gerwyn Morgan, 15, who needs to take medication, has not been seen since he left his Merthyr Tydfil home on the afternoon of Wednesday, 24 September.

The 01685 724323 service - which is also for text - is for anyone who might not want to contact police directly.

There were hopes Gerwyn would have made contact last Monday, his 15th birthday.

A poster campaign has also been launched in the Merthyr area.

There have been some unconfirmed sightings of the teenager since he disappeared but police said the last time he was actually seen was on 25 September, when he was caught on CCTV in Merthyr town centre.

Please call me, Gerwyn, get in touch through the school or the police so we can have a chat and know that you are OK
Rob Stevens, youth worker and Gerwyn's friend

Police launched the voicemail hoping to gather more information about his movements over the last two and a half weeks.

Officers were also stopping shoppers at the local Asda and Tesco stores to show them posters of the missing boy.

"Some people may feel uncomfortable about phoning a police station or speaking to an officer if they only have a little piece of information they are unsure about," said Ch Insp Ian Bellshaw.

"They might worry that police will think they are wasting their time or that it won't be any use but at this stage any piece of information about sightings of Gerwyn, who he might be with or his movements could be a great help in finding him safe and well."

He said any information will be treated confidentially by officers.

'Very worried'

Gerwyn is described as white, 5ft 9in (1.75m), with short untidy brown hair, thin build, spotty complexion and brown eyes.

Earlier, a friend of Gerwyn and youth worker also issued a plea for him to get in touch.

Rob Stevens, Gerwyn's learning support assistant at Pen Y Dre school in Merthyr, said the teenager had left on the day he was last seen "like on any other day".

"We are now all very worried about him," he said.

"If Gerwyn is staying away from home I want him to know that I and his teachers and classmates want him to come back safe.

"Please call me, Gerwyn, get in touch through the school or the police so we can have a chat and know that you are OK."

"You are not in any trouble, we just want you to be safe."

Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism that affects how a person makes sense of the world. It can also cause problems with social skills.

Anyone who has information about Gerwyn or who knows his whereabouts can contact police on 01656 655555 or 01685 722541.


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