Heartbroken parents of missing grammar school boy urge him to come home


The frantic parents of a 15-year-old grammar school boy who disappeared after saying he was “bored with life” have made a desperate appeal for him to come home.
Nine weeks ago, Caroline Heeler-Frood waved her son Arthur goodbye as he set off on his bike for school.Since then, his family have not heard from him.
The day after he vanished, his parents received a letter in the post, which said: “To Mum and Dad. I have run away because I am bored of my life. Please don’t try to find me or make me come home. I don’t know how long I will be away for, but it won’t be any longer than a year.”
Leaving his home in Devon, he gave instructions that his bike was chained to a nearby fence while his school uniform was in a bin bag. He left with only £350, no phone and no passport.
Desperately hoping he would come home, Ms Heeler-Frood has not spoken out about the disappearance on September 6 until now.
Arthur was a pupil at Colyton Grammar School, which is one of the country’s best state schools. He was doing so well academically that he had taken his exams a year early.
However, on the morning he disappeared, he never arrived at school for his lessons.
His mother says she is desperate for information, just to know that he is safe, and she has barely eaten or slept since Arthur vanished.
She said: “I keep going over and over everything in my mind. Every single thing he said or did before he left that day. There’s one thing that sticks in my mind. Normally, when he went off to school, he’d just say, “bye” and be off. That Tuesday he stood on the doorstep and said to me, “don’t worry mum. I’ve got my fluorescent . . .”
“I always used to nag him about wearing a fluorescent vest when he was on his bike. I think he was saying: “Don’t worry, Mum, I’ll be all right.”
His family believes that the night before he vanished, he spent time on his Facebook account and could have been in contact with someone relevant to his disappearance. His parents and the police have urged Facebook to release information but it has so far refused.