Dad pays missing son’s mortgage for three years so he has home to come back to

A desperate dad who has paid his son’s mortgage for three years since his son went missing, fears he may lose the home.

Michael Whinham vanished without a trace in 2015, but his dad Paul remains convinced that his boy is still alive.

And he is now desperately looking for a way to retain ownership of Michael’s house, in Newcastle, so that his son always has a home to come back to.

The 68-year-old told Chronicle Live : “He’s still missing but there’s been a few sightings of him.

“I have been paying the mortgage on the property as I don’t want him to come back and be homeless.

"I want him to know it’s there for him if he wants to come back.”

Michael, who suffered from mental health difficulties, was 31 when he disappeared on November 14, 2015.

The last confirmed sighting of Michael was CCTV which showed him leaving Newcastle Crown Court , on the Quayside on the day of his disappearance.

He is described as 5ft 11ins tall and of thin build.

Paul, from Wallsend, believes he may be sleeping rough, possibly in the Edinburgh area.

Since his son’s disappearance Paul has been paying for and maintaining his home, on Oakfield Gardens.

The house now contains a growing collection of Christmas presents and birthday cards the family has continued to buy while Michael has been missing.

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However, Paul was recently told the mortgage term on the property was up, and he would have to either sell-up or remortgage.

“The house has been empty for going on three years, but I have mad a commitment to it.

"I’m going to try and keep it. All his birthday cards and Christmas presents are there,” he said. “I’m going to see a financial advisor.”

And the still devastated dad has once again urged his son to get in touch.

He added: “I have always said; just get in touch and tell us you are alright.

"Whatever he has got in his mind we all love him and he is missed.”

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “We have carried out widespread enquiries and made numerous appeals for information to help locate Michael.

"Mr Whinham’s family are still searching for him and deserve to know what happened.

“If anyone has any information, even if it seems minor, it may help our investigation and we would ask they get in contact with police.”

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