Missing Teenager Shelly: Who Is This Man?
Thursday 13th December 2012
Police are trying to identify a man who was seen with missing teenager Shelly Pratt, shortly before she went missing.
The picture, taken just after midnight on Friday 9th November, shows the 14-year-old Shelley walking down Croydon High Street with a young black man.
She then used her Oyster card to get on the No 60 bus towards Coulsdon. She has not been seen since this time and has not contacted any friends or family.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Dunne, said: "It has now been five weeks since Shelley went missing and concerns for her safety and welfare especially in this extremely cold weather are heightened.
"Shelley has had absolutely no contact with friends or family since her disappearance and it is possible that she may be with someone, perhaps in a house or a flat. I am encouraging people, particularly Croydon residents to look closely at the image of the young man seen next to her. Do you recognise him or did you see him moments before approaching Shelley, talking to a number of passing girls on the opposite pavement, clearly trying to get their attention?
"As a result of our appeals we have received a number of unconfirmed sightings during November and December which we are in the process of following up.
"I continue to encourage Croydon residents to be 'nosey neighbours' and be extra vigilant as to the movements of any young people who are new to the area. I urge anyone who may have seen Shelley to contact us."
Shelley's parents, Lisa and Tony Pratt, said:"Shellz, please get in touch with us, we are desperate to hear your voice and know that you are safe and well. You're not in trouble. We love you and we miss you and just want you home, without you there will be no Christmas. Your presents are under the tree waiting for you. We are all missing you like mad. We love you, please please come home."
Anyone with information about Shelley's whereabouts is urged to call the incident room on 020 8721 4906.