Parents of missing man who vanished on night out ‘just want him back for Christmas’


Music student Harvey Parker, 20, has been missing since the early hours of last Friday morning, December 17, after leaving Heaven nightclub in Central London at around 2.15am

CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of Harvey Parker leaving Heaven
CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of Harvey Parker leaving Heaven

The desperate parents of a missing man with autism have issued an urgent appeal to find him after he was last seen five days ago exiting a nightclub.

Harvey Parker, 20, has been missing since the early hours of last Friday morning, December 17, after leaving Heaven nightclub in Central London at around 2.15am.

Police released an update this afternoon, saying that officers looking for Harvey are conducting a search of the River Thames.

Harvey’s mum Amanda Armstrong and his stepfather Michael Armstrong spoke to BBC London last night and issued an urgent appeal for him to be found, asking him – if he was watching – to “come home.”

Amanda said: “Harvey is a lovely, sweet, friendly, music-loving, clubbing-loving young man.

Harvey’s mum Amanda Armstrong and his stepfather Michael Armstrong on BBC News
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“We just want him back for Christmas.”

The family say his disappearance is completely out of character and friends of Harvey’s have taken to Twitter to help boost the search for the missing music student.

Harvey’s family are increasingly concerned about his whereabouts and are worried that his autism makes him highly vulnerable.

Amanda said: “Harvey has high-functioning autism, which means he’s really fun to be around but he may not be receiving information as other do which makes him vulnerable in certain situations.”

CCTV footage of Harvey leaving Heaven nightclub was released by the Met Police yesterday.

It showed the young man head towards Embankment after exiting the venue close to Charring Cross.

Following a review of CCTV in an area near the Thames, police deduced that Harvey may have entered the water near the Golden Jubilee Bridge.

Harvey’s family are increasingly concerned about his whereabouts, it’s been five days since he was last seen
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CCTV footage of Harvey leaving Heaven nightclub was released by the Met Police yesterday
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At this stage of the investigation there is nothing to suggest that there is any third party involvement, police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Lucy O’Connor, from Central South Safeguarding Unit, said today: “We are doing all we can to find Harvey, and working closely with our colleagues in the Marine Policing Unit.

“We are keeping Harvey’s family fully informed of any developments; and the thoughts of my colleagues and I are with them at this distressing time.

“We would also ask that media avoid any speculation while the enquiry continues.”

Police said that Harvey may have entered the water near the Golden Jubilee Bridge
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Detective Sergeant Dick Nation of Lambeth police said in a statement yesterday: “We have not been able to speak to Harvey on his phone and we are not aware of any reason why he should not be in contact with his family.”

The family have pushed efforts to help find Harvey and his uncle led a team last night placing posters around London as well as visiting local businesses to see if Harvey had been picked up on their CCTV systems.

Amanda gave an urgent message to listeners of BBC London last night: “Harvey if you can see this please come home, if anyone has any information please share it with the police.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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