Distraught families of missing Belfast teen Louis Thompson and Ebony Briggs beg them to come home
The families of two Belfast teenagers are becoming increasingly concerned after they went missing on Tuesday night.
Louis Thompson and Ebony Briggs, both 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 the youngsters 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 be back by 10pm.
"At 9.20pm she was getting ready to leave and Louis said he would walk her to the bus stop but we haven't heard from them since."
Ruth said there had been sightings of the pair on Tuesday night and that police considered them high risk.
The young couple had stayed out overnight before, but had come back the next morning.
"I know Ebony was quite upset during the day as she doesn't like the care home," Ruth said.
"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 if someone sees them to let us know.
"We can't cook, we can't eat or sleep, we can't do anything because it's on our minds all the time."
Ebony's brother, Dylan Briggs, told the Belfast Telegraph that she contacted family members on Wednesday but refused to say where she was.
He said: "I spoke to her last week as I knew she was in foster care and wanted to see how she was keeping. She said everything was OK. But then I was told she was missing.
"I've been sending her messages on Facebook because she had asked if she could get a shower at my aunt's house on Wednesday night."
He said the family was growing increasingly worried.
"I don't want anything happening to her," he added. "I am devastated she is missing - as her big brother I should be looking out for her."