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Anguished parents of missing woman Joanna Yeates fear she was abducted

The devastated parents of a missing architect broke down in tears yesterday as they admitted they feared she had been abducted.

David and Theresa Yeates sobbed as they acknowledged that 25-year-old Joanna — missing since last Friday — could be being held against her will and begged for her to be returned safe and well.

Mr Yeates (63) said: “I think she was abducted after getting home to her flat. I have no idea of the circumstances of the abduction because of what was left behind.

“I feel sure she would not have gone out by herself, leaving all these things behind, and she was taken away somewhere.”

He added: “It's cold and I'm thinking that if she's out there by herself somewhere, frozen, it breaks me up. I long to hold her.”

Miss Yeates has not been seen or heard from since Friday following a night out with work colleagues in Bristol.

Her boyfriend Greg Reardon (27) reported her missing on Sunday night after returning home to their flat in Canynge Road, Clifton, from a weekend away in Sheffield visiting family.

Detectives are investigating the possibility that Miss Yeates was abducted and said it was one of several lines of inquiry.

Miss Yeates was last seen leaving the Ram pub in Park Street at about 8pm, walking up the street.

She popped into a Waitrose on the way — where the last CCTV image of her was taken— rang her best friend to arrange to meet on Christmas Eve and then went to a Tesco Express a quarter-of-a-mile from her flat at about 8.40pm.

A receipt from Tesco was found in her flat, along with the cream-coloured coat she had been wearing, and her mobile phone and keys.

Mrs Yeates (58) said her daughter, known as Jo to her friends, had recently moved into a flat with her boyfriend and had been looking forward to a party they were holding for friends on Tuesday.

Sobbing and clutching her husband, Mrs Yeates said: “I miss being able to hold her and cuddle her and tell her everything's all right.

“I just want her back. My little Jo — come back. Whoever has got her, don't keep her. Give her back to us.

“Nobody can feel the pain we feel.”



Timeline

December 17, 2010

6pm: Miss Yeates, 25, left the architectural firm where she worked with boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27, and joined colleagues in the Ram pub in Park Street for a drink.

8pm: She left the Ram to walk the 20 minute journey home from the city centre to Clifton.

8.10pm: Miss Yeates was caught on CCTV popping into a Waitrose supermarket in the Clifton Triangle

8.30pm: She used her mobile phone to ring her best friend Rebecca Scott and arranged to meet on Christmas Eve.

8.40pm: At a Tesco Express on Regent Street in Clifton Village - about a quarter of mile from her flat - Miss Yeates bought a pizza, which is missing.

Police believe she returned home to her flat in Canynge Road, which she shared with Mr Reardon. A receipt from Tesco was found in the flat, along with a cream-coloured coat she had been wearing and her mobile phone and keys.

December 19

Mr Reardon reports Miss Yeates missing when he returns to Bristol from a weekend away visiting relatives in Sheffield.

December 20

Avon and Somerset Police make their first appeal for information over Miss Yeates' disappearance. Officers said they were concerned for safety because it was out of character.

December 21

Miss Yeates' parents, David and Theresa, make their first tearful appeal for information at a police press conference in Bristol.

Appealing directly to their daughter, they said: "Jo, whatever the reason that you have not been in touch over the last few days, we want you to know that we love you dearly and are desperate to know that you are safe and well.

"Please get in touch as soon as possible. Either to the police or anyone who can confirm you are OK."

December 22

Mr Reardon spoke of his distress at the disappearance of his girlfriend.

"I desperately want her back - I thought we would be together forever," he said from Miss Yeates' parents home in Ampfield, Hampshire.

"She was my future. This Christmas was going to be our first together. I was going to spend it with her family, which is always a big deal for a boyfriend.

"We were both really happy in our jobs - we worked together and that's how we met."

Specialist officers have been searching the couple's flat, as well as the snowy Bristol Downs and Avon Gorge.

They have also taken a phone and laptop computer from Mr Reardon as part of the inquiry.

December 23

Miss Yeates' parents make a second tearful appeal and reveal their fears that their daughter has been abducted.

Mr Yeates begged her potential kidnapper: "If she's dead, please tell somebody where she is.

"I think she was abducted after getting home to her flat. I have no idea of the circumstances of the abduction because of what was left behind.

"I feel sure she would not have gone out by herself leaving all these things behind and she was taken away somewhere."

Detectives said that when Miss Yeates was in the Tesco Express she had bought a Tesco Finest tomato, mozzarella and basil pesto pizza. However, there was no trace of the pizza, the wrapping or the box in her flat.

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