"Please don't stop looking out for him," say family of missing man Pete Brown, one year after he went missing

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, families have adapted to a new normal, but for one Whitby family life hasn’t been normal for a year.

By Corinne Macdonald
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 10:43 am
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 1:54 pm

Friday May 8 marks the one-year anniversary since Pete Brown, 47, went missing from Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough after suffering a breakdown resulting in memory loss.

His wife Natalie and son Jayden have spoken about how their world has been turned upside down over the past 12 months.

“It’s definitely not got any easier,” said Natalie. “It’s not normal, I hate this build-up to a year, if it has to be a year I just want to fast forward to after.

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Pete and Natalie Brown.

“We’re going to relive that day again that it happened.

“I wish I’d got more out of him when I saw him. It’s total torture, until we know where and how Pete is we can’t deal with it.”

Pete’s son Jayden, 18, explained he was scared of spending another year of milestones such as birthdays and Christmas without his dad.

He is also worried that during the pandemic the public may forget about Pete.

The cancer tattoo on Pete's wrist.

Jayden said: “There’s a fear the issues with my dad are going to get forgotten about.”

Natalie has been encouraging Jayden and his younger sister Gracie,15, to write down the events of their year so they can remember the details to tell Pete when he returns.

Pete’s appearance is likely to have changed but he has certain distinguishing features such as a cancer sign tattoo on his right wrist, his 6ft 1in height, size 13 feet and a slight hunch when he walks, which will have stayed the same.

His family are appealing for people to keep their eyes open for Pete when they are taking their daily exercise.

Pete Brown.

Natalie said: “Please don’t stop looking out for him.

“In his illness he will be a bit of a hermit but he’s a gentle man whether he’s poorly or well.

“No-one need be scared to go up to him if they see him.”

The pandemic has meant several of the activities the family were doing to try to find Pete have had to be put on hold.

However, Natalie has been speaking with several local authorities who are temporarily housing homeless people during the outbreak in case Pete shows up.

Jayden, whose A Levels have been cancelled, is planning to attend Durham University in September to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics He longs for his dad to be found in time to see him start this next, important step in his life.

North Yorkshire Police continue to follow leads on the whereabouts of Pete.

Anyone with information should contact the force on 101 and quote reference number 12190083137.

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