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Mother in appeal after girl drowns

The mother of a missing man whose girlfriend was found dead on a beach has made an emotional plea for him to get in touch with his family.

A huge search effort was launched on Monday to find Robbie Crofts, 21, following the discovery of 17-year-old Hayley Holmes.

The teenager's body was found by a dog walker at 7am on a beach in Wirral, Merseyside. It is not known if Robbie is alive or dead. Hayley's body was found on an area of beach known locally as Perch Rock, near New Brighton Promenade. A post-mortem examination established the cause of Hayley's death as drowning.

Speaking at a press conference at Merseyside Police headquarters on Friday, his mother Ellen Ann Crofts said she refused to believe he was gone and pleaded with him to come home.

She said: "Robbie, it's been five days you have been missing. I feel helpless not knowing where to look for you. You have to come home now son. We won't give up on you. We love and miss you very much." She added: "We are sure you are out there somewhere but you need to let us know you are safe." Mrs Crofts said the entire family was praying for Robbie's safe return.

Robbie, who was last seen by his family on Sunday evening, has a two-year-old daughter, Eva, from a previous relationship

Mrs Crofts said: "What about little Eva, your precious little daughter? You are so proud of her, your hopes for her future. She is missing you too. Please come home Robbie."

She said his friends were gathering at Perch Rock every day, praying for him and assured her son that he would get "all the help he needs" when he gets home.

Mrs Crofts appealed to the public to help find Robbie and said her family's thoughts were also with the Holmes family.

Officers called to the scene on Monday morning found a pair of women's sandals and a pair of men's Converse trainers close to where Hayley's body was discovered, along with a mobile phone. Detectives believe the trainers and phone belong to Robbie and the sandals were Hayley's.

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