Families' concern for missing Belfast teens Louis Thompson and Ebony Briggs
The families of two Belfast teenagers are becoming increasingly concerned after they went missing on Tuesday night.
Louis Thompson (14) and Ebony Briggs (14), who have been in a relationship for six months, went missing after Louis walked Ebony to a bus stop near his home in east Belfast on Tuesday night.
Louis' granny, Ruth, said the family are sick with worry and appealed for Louis or Ebony to contact a family member.
“I’m going out of my head with worry,” she said.
“On Tuesday Ebony called to see Louis who was at his mother’s home. She is staying in a care home for a few weeks and had to back by 10pm.
“Then at 9.20pm she was getting ready to leave and Louis said he would walk her to the bus stop and they left the house shortly after that but we haven’t heard from them since.
“Goodness knows where they are. We were told there were some sightings of them late on Tuesday night. The police are out looking for them and they are on the high risk.
“When he didn’t come home we started ringing round and then we rang the police in the early hours of Wednesday morning. His phone is off but maybe his battery is dead.
The young couple had stayed out overnight before but had come back the next morning so the family are becoming increasingly concerned.
“I know Ebony was quite upset during the day as she doesn’t like the care home. We have looked everywhere for her, we have looked in Belvoir Wood, Victoria Park and in the Village and in Ballysillan. We have been all over town. We have run out of places we can even think of.
“It’s been absolute hell, we are in and out of the house. I’ve had no sleep worrying about them.
“His mum is worried sick and is in bits, it’s her eldest son. We just want them home or even someone sees them to let us know.
“Someone has bound to see them somewhere.
“We can’t cook, we can’t eat or sleep, we can’t do anything because it’s on our minds all the time.”
Louis or Ebony, or anyone who knows of their whereabouts, are asked to contact Strandtown Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.