Daughters plea to missing dad: ‘Please, tell us you are alive’

Matthew Hodgson with his daughters Eleanor and Olivia.
Matthew Hodgson with his daughters Eleanor and Olivia.
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THE heartbroken teenage daughters of a Sheffield man missing from home today made an emotional appeal for him to return in time for Christmas.

Matthew Hodgson, aged 48, from Charnock, has not been seen for three weeks. Police are increasingly worried for his safety.

Today his two devastated daughters Olivia, 17, and Eleanor, 14, urged him to return home.

Eleanor, who spent the ‘holiday of a lifetime’ with her father and sister in Kenya over the summer, told The Star: “We miss him and we want him to come home.

“Christmas is just around the corner and we would love him to be home for then.

“It would be the best Christmas present ever.”

Her older sister Olivia added: “We just want him to come home and to know that he is safe. If he doesn’t want to come home then we want him to ring us so we know he is okay.”

Matthew, an HR professional who is also known to family by the names Max and David, has not made contact with his relatives since he disappeared. He did not take his mobile phone, wallet or car with him when he vanished.

Olivia and Eleanor, who live with their mum in Kiveton Park, Rotherham, are still trying to attend school despite their mounting concern for their father’s wellbeing.

The girls, who normally see their father every week, said they were unaware of any problems their dad may have been experiencing before he vanished.

“We do a lot of walking together and had not long got back from the holiday of a lifetime in Kenya,” said Eleanor. “It was a really good holiday and dad seemed fine.

“If he has any worries then I am sure they could all be fixed.”

Olivia added: “Our dad is loved and missed by so many people and we hope he will come back home very soon.”

Matthew, whose mother and brother also live in Sheffield, needs regular medication.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said officers are ‘growing increasingly concerned’ for his welfare.

“Police are doing all they can to find him, and urge Matthew himself to make contact with the police or his family to reassure them of his safety,” she added.

Matthew is 6ft tall, of a medium build, with grey, balding hair and sometimes wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded jumper, blue jeans, a black Fila anorak and white trainers with some blue on them.

It is believed he also had an old navy blue rucksack with him.

There have been possible sightings of Matthew in Castleton on the day he went missing on Wednesday, October 26, and another in Hathersage on November 1. Anyone with information is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident 1,225 of October 26.