Police renew 23-year-old missing person appeal

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Sandwell teenager nearly 23 years ago, have issued forensic artist images to renew the appeal for information.

Phillip Harris was just 15 when he left his home in St Eleanors Close, West Bromwich on the morning of 28 July 1999 to visit a friend in Northfield. Later that day he phoned his foster parents to say he would be staying overnight with a friend and hasn’t been seen since.

In spite of media appeals, both in Birmingham and Manchester, where he had family links, there have been no confirmed sightings of him. Earlier this year, detectives searched a property in St Paul’s Road, Smethwick which was linked to Phillip at the time. Sadly, after the three week-long search, nothing was found to help them discover what happened. 

Officers from the West Midlands Police unsolved missing persons team have released two forensic artist images showing what Phillip might look like today, as a 38-year-old. Detective Sergeant Andrew Padmore, from Locate said:

“The investigation into Phillip’s whereabouts remains very much open. We have released these images, in the hope that someone may recognise him, or it will trigger a memory for someone to come forward with any information. 

“Any information, no matter how small it may seem, may really help our investigation, so we urge anyone to contact us. Phillip’s family continue to miss him terribly and my team and I are committed to finding Phillip to solve the mystery of what has happened to him.

Information can be given via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting PID33326.

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