Search

‘Just don’t be frightened’: Dad of missing Sophie makes heart-wrenching appeal for her to come home

PUBLISHED: 08:45 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 29 December 2017

The search for missing girl Sophie Smith continues. Her family appeal for her safe return. Left to right, Rebecca Russell (aunt), Martin Knowles (father) and Sarah Knowles (sister). Photo: Antony Kelly/Norfolk Police

The search for missing girl Sophie Smith continues. Her family appeal for her safe return. Left to right, Rebecca Russell (aunt), Martin Knowles (father) and Sarah Knowles (sister). Photo: Antony Kelly/Norfolk Police

Archant

Sophie Smith’s dad Martin Knowles said his 21-year-old daughter’s disappearance in the middle of the night between Christmas Day and Boxing Day had left him devastated and not knowing what to do.

The search for missing girl Sophie Smith continues. Her family appeal for her safe return. Left to right, Rebecca Russell (aunt), Martin Knowles (father) and Sarah Knowles (sister). Picture: ANTONY KELLY The search for missing girl Sophie Smith continues. Her family appeal for her safe return. Left to right, Rebecca Russell (aunt), Martin Knowles (father) and Sarah Knowles (sister). Picture: ANTONY KELLY

He added: “I would just like to say to Sophie if you’re listening to this or watching this video just come home.

MORE: Print out a poster of missing Sophie Smith to put in your window

“We just all want you back. Your mum loves you, I love you, your sister Sarah loves you, your aunty, all your friends at UEA and here in Gorleston we all love you.

“Just don’t be frightened. We all want you back with open arms and just love you so much.

“Please Sophie, just come back.”

MORE: Missing Sophie Smith suffered from severe anxiety and depression, police reveal

Mr Knowles was supported by his daughter Sarah and Sophie’s aunt Rebecca Russell as he made the appeal.

Sophie’s family have led the search efforts since she vanished, along with the emergency services, friends and volunteers.

Related articles

Other News

57 minutes ago

A poll by this newspaper has revealed the town’s division over the new layout at Fullers Hill roundabout.

09:24

A week-long dig at a church in Reedham has confirmed that the historical building was built on the site of a Roman fortlet.

Do you fancy the best seat in the house at the Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show on June 16 and 17?

A hotly-tipped new film about The Beatles, which is rumoured to star Ed Sheeran, is about to be shot in Norfolk and Suffolk, publicists have said.

Most Read

Mon, 13:08

Police are appealing for help to trace an elderly woman who is missing from Bradwell, near Great Yarnouth.

Read more
Norfolk Police

A man told a court how he was stabbed three times while acting as a peacemaker after a row over a damaged car in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Norwich Crown Court
Yesterday, 15:26

A bizarre looking waxwork of singing and Neighbours star Jason Donovan in Great Yarmouth has been discussed by the Australian on ITV’s Loose Women this afternoon.

Read more
Peter
Mon, 12:18

Emergency services have been called out to reports of a person in the water by Great Yarmouth’s Haven Bridge.

Read more
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
Mon, 12:08

A Norfolk business is issuing a warning after finding something worrying on Great Yarmouth beach.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 6°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter