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Mother who thought son had died after he went missing a decade ago in France finds out he is alive

Mother who thought son had died after he went missing a decade ago in France finds out he is alive

A mother who assumed her son was dead after he went missing more than a decade ago has hailed a “Christmas miracle” after learning he is alive and well.

Joyce Curtis assumed her son Nicholas had died after not seeing or hearing from him since 2010.

The last thing she knew, he was hitchhiking around France and Spain, but because of Covid, she assumed Nicholas had contracted the illness and died.

Mother who thought son had died after he went missing a decade ago in France finds out he is alive
Joyce said her son now plans on returning home for the first time since he left the UK to go travelling in the mid 2000s. Joyce is pictured holding a photo of her son as a boy

The bereaved mother ‘grieved for him’. On December 19, however, she received a phone call informing her that her son was alive and in a hospital in the south of France.

‘I can’t believe it,’ she said. ‘I thought with Covid and everything that has gone on, I thought he was dead. I grieved for him.

‘When I got the call to say he was alive I just went into shock. All I did was cry all day.

‘This has just made Christmas for me, especially since my husband died back in June.

‘It’s like that film Miracle on 34th Street. It’s like a miracle.

‘I’d resigned myself to the fact that he had died. I really thought that and I think everybody thought the same.’

In a video posted to friends on Facebook, she later added: ‘I never gave up on my son.’

Nicholas left his home town of Glasgow, Lanarkshire, in the mid 2000s to travel Europe after losing his job as a joiner.

Joyce believes he spent some time living rough on the streets of Paris after telling his mother he had been hitchhiking.

She decided to report him missing in 2009 after not hearing from her son in “ages.”

Joyce was contacted a year later by the British Consulate in Paris, who informed her that Nicholas had been admitted to a hospital in France.

Mother who thought son had died after he went missing a decade ago in France finds out he is alive
But on December 19, just days before Christmas, she was told her boy was still alive and living in France. He is pictured here before he went travelling

She then flew to see him with her husband, but it would be the last time she saw or heard from him for more than a decade.

Joyce said: ‘I got a letter in 2010 to say that Nicholas was in hospital in France.

‘He’d been missing for a while by then.

‘I’d already reported him missing here in Glasgow the previous year after not hearing from him in ages and ages.

‘Me and my husband went over to visit him and it was that good to see him.

‘We were getting him home, but for some reason, I don’t know why, he just disappeared again.

‘They were sending him home and I was told he was getting put on a flight.

‘I was expecting him home at Glasgow at a certain time. I worked at the Southern General Hospital at the time. I was waiting on him coming home and there was no sign.

‘When I was over visiting him in France I bought him some shoes and stuff like that so he could have clothes to travel home with.

‘I was waiting in work. But he never got home. I remember it was pouring of rain that day.

‘I phoned every airport to see if he’d gotten on a flight but nothing.

‘We never heard anything again. That was the last I heard from him until Monday.’

Joyce received the shock news that he was alive when the British Consulate contacted her to alert her that he had been admitted to a French hospital for a second time.

‘I spoke to him on the phone. He looks healthy. ‘I asked him, ‘Are you coming home Nicky?’ And he said, ‘Aye’.

‘I can’t imagine what he’s been through. I just need to get him home.’

Joyce, pictured at her home in Scotland, said: 'This has just made Christmas for me... It's like that film 'Miracle on 34th Street'. It's like a miracle.'
Joyce, pictured at her home in Scotland, said: ‘This has just made Christmas for me… It’s like that film ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. It’s like a miracle.’

Joyce announced the news on Facebook, saying, ‘Nicky has been found.’

Her friends and family reacted with joy, with one saying, ‘Wonderful news!!’ Joyce I hope you get him back home soon. I’m so happy for you and your family. xxxx’

‘Fantastic news for you and your family,’ said another.

While a third said, ‘Oh you must be so excited, sending love and hugs, hope you get to see him soon xx’

Nicholas is now planning to return home, but Joyce is eager to visit him in France.

She said: ‘I’m not building my hopes up yet until I get him home.

‘Hopefully though I might even get over to France with my daughter before then so I can see him.’

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson said: ‘We are supporting a British man in France and are providing assistance to his family.

‘We are in contact with the local authorities.’

source:summarybio.com