If you have children it is natural that at some time they will forge their own lives.

But you never imagine that they will simply disappear.

And it is natural to expect that you will die before them.

150 years ago, if they went abroad, they might never contact again.

But times are different now.

Sons and daughters may go missing , but it is normally just for a few days.

An odd case hits the headlines and arouses sympathy among us all — like Lucie Blackman in Japan or Madeleine McCann in Portugal.

Our case with our eldest son was nearly thae same — in Panama.

Here’s the story.

Email – brianwinder4@gmail.com.