THE worried mum of a Doncaster teenager missing since Sunday has pleaded her boy to return home.
Lewis Eddleston, aged 13, has not been seen since leaving a group of friends on a remote playing field. His family fears he may have been abducted.
Mum Diane said: “We just want to know he is safe, we have no idea where he is or what has happened and we are worried sick. I just hope he sees this and gets in touch to let us know he is okay.”
The last confirmed sighting of the Hungerhill School pupil was at around 4pm on Sunday on fields behind the Tesco supermarket between Church Balk, Edenthorpe and Kirk Sandall Junior and Infant School.
The youngster had been playing with a group of friends when he reportedly asked one to look after his mobile phone while he went to the toilet and headed off across the field. There has been no news of his whereabouts since then, although there have been unconfirmed sightings in the Balby area.
Diane, of Wilberforce Road, Clay Lane, said: “He has never done anything like this before - it is totally out of character. We had a lovely family bonfire on Saturday night and there were no problems at home or at school.
“He needs to know he is not in trouble. We just want to see him back home safe and sound. If he doesn’t want to come home just yet, we want to hear from him to know he is okay.”
Lewis, who has three older brothers and an older sister, had woken up at about 1.30pm on Sunday and left his family home shortly afterwards to meet friends.
At around 8.30pm, when Diane called her son telling him to be home no later than 10pm, one of his friends answered the phone and explained Lewis had gone missing - and the alarm was raised with South Yorkshire Police shortly afterwards.
Friends and relatives have been scouring fields and abandoned buildings around Kirk Sandall, Edenthorpe and Clay Lane and posters pleading for information about Lewis have been posted in local shops and bus shelters.
Police officers have also stepped up patrols in the Clay Lane area since the teenager’s disappearance and have spoken to teachers at Hungerhill.
Scores of volunteers braved freezing conditions on Sunday and Monday night to search for the youngster, described by Diane as ‘streetwise’.
Older brother Martin said there had been recent reports of a motorist behaving suspiciously in the area who had been following youngsters in his vehicle but who fled when challenged by adults.
He said: “We have been looking everywhere and we’ve had some rumours of where Lewis might be but they have all led to nothing so far. Wherever he is, we just hope he’s not on the streets.
“There was a car driving around the other week following kids. He could have been abducted or anything - we just don’t know and need to hear from him or anyone who knows where he is.”
Lewis was wearing a black Jack Jones long-sleeved top, grey tracksuit bottoms and black trainers with a green Nike swoosh logo when he went missing with no access to money.
Diane added: “I am just sitting at home waiting by the phone for news.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A 13-year-old boy was reported missing on Sunday evening in Edenthorpe. There have been reported sightings of him since this time and police are making inquiries to try to locate him.”
Anyone with information should call the police on 101, quoting reference number AX/4231/2012.