A Gambian origin family in Leeds is appealing to the public to help find his “vulnerable” son after strange activity was spotted on his social media accounts. The latest plea comes amid fears someone has been using Padodou Jatta’s Facebook Messenger and Instagram since his disappearance last month, Leeds Live reports.
The 23-year-old has not been seen since August 24 after telling his younger sister he was heading to the shop, leaving with just a plastic bag and wearing grey bottoms and a grey hoodie.
The Chapletown resident was reported missing three days later on August 27, with his dad Lamin Jatta describing his disappearance as “out of character. He left to go to the shop, he had just come from a holiday in The Gambia. It was around 3 pm on Tuesday. He told his sister ‘I’m going to the shop’ but since then he hasn’t returned” Lamin Jatta told Leeds Live.
The family, including members who live in America and The Gambia, have tried to make contact with him when his account appears ‘active’ but have not heard back from him and fear someone else has access to his profile.
No one knew or had access to Padodou’s passwords. Lamin has reported the strange activity to West Yorkshire Police.
The missing boy’s father, Lamin Jatta, said: “The technology in this country is advanced, if they (the police) want to trace someone they can, especially if they are using social media.
“I told them that his account has been compromised, his Facebook has been used since August 27. Why not use the IT department to find whether it is him?
“It’s not normal (the recent activity on his social media profiles), his password has been compromised. The family in America and Gambia, everyone has messaged him but no one has heard back from him. I can’t believe we’re going through this.
“We’re so desperate, I even got my friends to try to trace him, he tried but couldn’t go any further. Only police have those means.
“The police couldn’t even tell me when he was caught on CCTV, Chapeltown is full of CCTV.”
His father added his disappearance has severely affected the family, including his 15-year-old sister.
They are also grieving the loss of their four-year-old son who was hit by a car as they crossed the road four years ago.
Lamin said: “My wife is stressed and depressed, when our son passed away she started using anti-depressants, she’s gone back on them.
“His sister is feeling very bad, especially the youngest one, it’s very worrying to me.”
Padodou is described as black, 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build with a shaved head and he is believed to have links to Bradford, York, and Manchester.
Officers are concerned for his welfare and would ask Padodou or anyone who has seen him or has information about his whereabouts to contact Leeds District Police by calling 101 and quoting log 1666 of 25/08.