Fears grow for man missing for 10 days
“Come home – your little boy just looks at the window and is
That is the heartfelt plea to 23-year-old Jack Hilding, who has
gone missing amid serious fears for his well-being.
It comes from his ex-partner Jemma Burton, who lives with their
two-year-old son Jack junior in Tennyson Avenue, Canterbury.
She has joined the chorus of appeals for Jack’s safe return
after he disappeared from his grandfather’s home in Biddenden on
October 1. He had said he was going out for a cigarette and fresh
Jemma said: “My message to Jack is please come home. His son is
really missing him, standing at the window asking where has his
“Little Jack wants to play with his dad in the park. It’s vital
he comes home safely and sees his little boy, which is the most
important thing in his life.”
Jack’s disappearance sparked a massive hunt around Biddenden
involving tracker dogs and a helicopter. His father, also called
Jack and living in Staplehurst, believes his son’s world collapsed
after he split from Jemma.
He said: “Jack was in a very depressed state after splitting up
with his partner of many years.
“We’re desperate for him to make contact as he appeared near
suicidal. It’s a love story gone wrong. Jemma is with another man
and Jack was crushed.
“His disappearance has made me ill – I don’t know if he’s alive
or dead. He told me if another bloke brings up his child up he
wouldn’t want to live."
Jack is a familiar face in Canterbury and known locally as Jack
Scab. He had spent time living at his grandmother Esther Scamp’s
home in Reed Avenue, off Sturry Road.
He is 5ft 7in, of slim build, and was wearing black Adidas
trainers with luminous orange stripes, blue jeans and a grey wool
Det Insp Jon Holl said: “We are extremely concerned about him
and his family is desperate to hear from him.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting
incident reference 04-1615
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