Mark Garvey vanished from his home in Walton, Merseyside, over 30 years ago when he was just 15 after an argument with his girlfriend – with sister Rose saying she is determined to find out what happened to him
Image: Rose Garvey)
A daughter made a promise to her dying dad that she would find her missing brother who she never got to meet.
Mark Garvey vanished from his home in Walton, Merseyside, over 30 years ago when he was just 15 after an argument with his girlfriend.
Yesterday would have been his 50th birthday, with Rose saying she is determined to find out what happened, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Rose, 32, said: “I never got the chance to meet our Mark but growing up I’d always ask my dad and sister Lisa to tell me stories about him.
“I’d ask them what he liked to do and what he was like – they’d tell me how smart he was and how good he was at school and how he wanted to be a solicitor, how much of a mad Evertonian he was.
“I know so much about him, I feel like I know him and I look at pictures of him now and I can see myself in him.
“My dad used to always point at pictures of him growing up and tell me ‘that’s your big brother that’.”
Previously speaking to the ECHO, Rose said how when her dad was dying in 2019, she held his hand and promised him that she would never stop looking for ‘their Mark’.
She said: “My dad used to always say ‘minutes turned to hours, hours turned to days, days turned to weeks, weeks to months and months to years.
“I told my dad when I was little that when I was older I was going to get a helicopter and I was going to go out and find him for my dad.
“When he died in 2019, he passed away with no closure for his son so that’s why I need to find him, I need to do this for my dad and I’ll bring him home one day.
“My dad was born to be a dad and he was the best dad you could of ever had, the fact this happened to him is absolutely heart breaking.”
Rose said the last sighting of her brother was at a bus stop in West Derby on that night in 1987.
It emerged that Mark and his girlfriend had argued after he found her with his best friend. Mark left in tears and was last seen walking to get a bus by the Jolly Miller pub on Queens Drive.
Police worked on the case for three months, questioning everyone at Mark’s school, De La Salle in Croxteth, searching Walton park with tracker dogs and making an announcement on the loud speakers at Goodison – but there was no trace of Mark and no one came forward with information.
The family lived in Walton at the time, and Rose said that her dad was never the same after his son disappeared.
Rose said: “I remember when I was 15 and if I’d tell my dad I’d be home for 10pm and then I’d arrive at five past, he’d be stood there at the gate waiting for me.
“Even as an adult, he’d always ring and check in to see if I’d made it home safely.
“Whenever it was Mark’s birthday or the anniversary of his disappearance my dad would always look lost – I wouldn’t ever know what to say to him, I’d just hug him.
“He wouldn’t show how he was feeling much, he was a strong man and how he lived not knowing where his son was I don’t know, but it killed him.”
Despite next year marking the 35th year of Mark’s disappearance, Rose said she ‘knows’ he is out there and believes one day she will fulfil the promise she made to her dad and be united with her brother.
She said: “I know he’s out there because he was so smart and clever and I can just feel it – I know it.
“I like to believe he’s got a great family and I’ve got nieces and nephews out there,
“I like to think he’s married and got a good job.
“I like to think he has a nice home and he’s doing well.
“I don’t think anything negative about him, I just think positive and I know I’m going to bring him home – he’s going to come home one day and when he does I’ll give him the biggest hug and I won’t let go.
“I will never stop looking for him because I know he’s out there – I know he is.”
Rose said the day she can bring her brother home and walk him through the front door like her dad had always hope for will be the ‘best day ever’.
For more information or for further help, visit the website www.missingpeople.org.uk.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.