Disappearance of Andrew Gosden

In 2007, 14 12 months outdated Andrew Gosden gave the impression to be a cheerful, quiet, studious boy destined for nice tutorial success. He was described as absent-minded, shy, blissful along with his personal firm however with a small group of pals. Then, on the 14th of September, only a week after college started, he disappeared. 

On the 14th of September, Andrew left residence as traditional at 8:05 after having bother waking up and being barely irritable. His mom described this as uncommon as he was normally good at getting up on time for varsity. he walked his traditional route from residence to the bus cease by an area park, referred to as Westfield Park, the place he was seen by household pal Rev. Alan Murray. I assume a person of the fabric to be a dependable witness- and as a household pal, he would have simply been capable of recognise Andrew. Nevertheless, as an alternative of getting on the college bus, Andrew went to a money machine at an area storage the place he withdrew £200- the utmost sum of money he might withdraw, as he had £214 in his account and the machine would solely enable withdrawals of £20 notes. After this, he was seen on a neighbours digital camera system returning to his home. At residence, Andrew become a black Slipknot t-shirt and black denims, putting his college blazer on the again of his chair and the remainder of his uniform within the washer. He took a bag embellished with band patches containing his pockets, keys and his Ps Moveable console. Andrew didn’t seem to take a jacket, in line with his father, and didn’t take his psp charger or £100 in money that was in his room. To me, not taking his jacket or charger, however taking his keys, signifies that Andrew did in reality intend to return residence. Nevertheless, he might have taken his keys with him on autopilot and easily forgotten his charger, or not taken it as a result of he did not intend to return alive. 

At 8:30 am, Andrew left his residence and was seen heading down Littlemoor Lane in direction of Westfield Park, once more on a neighbours digital camera. He walked to Doncaster Station, the place he bought a a technique ticket to Kings Cross Station, regardless of the ticket vendor telling him {that a} return was solely 50p or £1 extra. The a technique ticked might imply he by no means supposed to return residence, no less than that day, or it could possibly be a crimson herring. Andrew was described as shy and was deaf in a single ear; he might have simply misheard the ticket vendor and been too shy to ask her to repeat herself, and even too shy or too socially awkward to vary his thoughts. 

At 9:35, Andrew was seen boarding the practice alone. A girl who sat subsequent to him described him as quiet and engrossed in his psp sport.

At 11:20, Andrews practice arrived at Kings Cross.

At 11:25, he was seen on CCTV leaving the station. That is the final confirmed sightng of Andrew Gosden. 

Andrew’s disapearance wasn’t seen till round 7pm. his dad and mom had assumed he was at college. The college had tried to ring residence to report his absence, however had by chance dialled the variety of a pupil both above or beneath Andrew within the register and left a message for the fallacious individual. At residence, Andrews dad and mom assumed he was enjoying video video games within the transformed cellar or in his room doing homework. When his dad and mom found he was lacking, the police have been referred to as and his household and pals searched the world. 

Three days after he went lacking, police confirmed he had travelled to London after talking to the ticket vendor. His father said that Andrew knew folks in London he might have stayed with, so the one ticket might not be vital in any respect. Preliminary police searches targeted on areas inside London the place the household had family members, equivalent to Chislehurst and Sidcup.  The household additionally handed out flyers at locations in London they felt Andrew would have favored to go to, equivalent to museums and exhibitions. 


On the time of the primary anniversary of his disappearance, there had been 122 attainable sightings of Andrew throughout Britain, with 45 in London.

The household imagine essentially the most believable sighting is one in every of Andrew in Pizza Hut on Oxford Road, an hours stroll from Kings Cross Station, on the day he went lacking. Nevertheless, his father claimed that the police by no means adopted up on this sighting.

Different unconfirmed sightings place Andrew in Covent Backyard on the 17th of September, sleeping in a park on Southwark on the 18th of September and getting off a practice at Mortlake Station and strolling up Sheen Lane and alongside Higher Richmond Highway on the 19th of September. 

Later there have been different unconfirmed sightings, from London to South Wales to Plymouth. Nevertheless, Andrew’s father additionally alleges none of those sightings have been adopted up by police. 

In November of 2008, a person visited Leominster police station in Herefordshire, West Midlands and used the intercom system to speak to a police officer, stating that he had details about Gosden. By the point an officer arrived to take the small print, the person had left. The police station is situated in a enterprise park and is in a location that may have required a particular effort to go to.[63] Subsequently, a person claiming to be the person on the police station wrote anonymously to the BBC after it featured the case on The One Present. He gave particulars of a attainable sighting of Andrew in Shrewsbury in November 2008. This has by no means been confirmed, nor has it been confirmed if it was the identical man, nevertheless, the similarity in dates suggests to me that’s is. 


One well-liked concept is that Andrew went to London to satisfy somebody who had been grooming him on-line. He was shy and quiet, and seemed youthful than his age. To me, this looks like somebody a predator would goal. He had chosen to stroll to highschool twice within the days main as much as his disappearance; a stroll that may have taken an hour and 20 minutes. It is attainable that he was utilizing this time to speak to somebody; presumably an older man or boy, somebody that he felt he could not convey residence. Its additionally been posited that Andrew met somebody on-line. Nevertheless, though he had owned a cell phone, he had misplaced it a number of moths earlier than his disappearance and was not excited by changing it. Computer systems within the college and native library have been checked however there was no proof that Andrew was speaking with anybody. There was no report of an account or communication on his PSP. The one laptop within the residence was his sister’s laptop computer; she said that he didn’t appear excited by social media  connecting with folks by the web. His father additionally said that Andrew didn’t have an electronic mail handle. Andrew attended a gifted and gifted summer season college, which he was ‘uncharacteristically enthused’ about afterwards, and its solely attainable that he met somebody there, however its unlikely they might have been capable of talk afterwards. 

One other concept is that Andrew bunked off college and went to London to attend a live performance and met with foul play. The evening of his disappearance, Thirty Seconds To Mars and SikTh have been each enjoying, and HIM, a band Andrew was identified to love, was doing a promotional signing on the 17th of September. There isn’t any proof that Andrew ever attended these occasions. A canal near the SikTh occasion was apparently by no means checked. 

One other concept is that Andrew Gosden merely left to start out a brand new life. Though his household appear pretty, we by no means actually know what goes on behind closed doorways, though I argue that if there had been abuse, the investigation would have revealed this. Its unlikely {that a} 14 12 months outdated with solely £200 might survive in London. He seemed youthful than his age; it could have been tough for him to get legit work. Its attainable he might have squatted somebody, fallen in with a crowd of homeless folks or drug customers till he was sufficiently old to make his personal approach, however his disappearance was extremely publicised. How might he have gone unnoticed for that lengthy? Additionally, if he had been hiding out or dwelling with a gang of some variety, one concerned in unlawful dealings, they may have killed him to keep away from consideration. I do not know rather a lot about gangs in London in 2007, however this concept doesn’t appear very seemingly. 

The concept that he’s nonetheless alive after going to London for causes unknown is supported by police appeals. They launched a recent attraction in September of 2017, nearly precisely 10 years after Andrew’s disappearance, which included circulating Andrew’s DNA, fingerprints and medical data. There are nonetheless lacking individual posters of Andrew in London. This could possibly be as a result of its a well-known case with a number of publicity, so it’s nonetheless used to unfold consciousness, or it could possibly be that the police have cause to imagine Andrew continues to be alive. A fast google search confirmed six information articles about Andrew Gosden this 12 months equivalent to https://medium.com/crimebeat/the-unsolved-disappearance-of-14-year-old-andrew-gosden-57a7c4d796advert . May this be as a result of there’s been extra exercise in his case?

In June of 2018, his household revealed that somebody had reported a web-based dialog with somebody with the consumer identify ‘Andy Roo,’ a household nickname for Andrew, who claimed that their boyfriend had left them they usually wanted £200 to cowl lease. When somebody supplied to ship them cash, the consumer claimed they didn’t have a checking account as that they had “left residence once they have been 14.” This hyperlink was investigated by police however the individual was not recognized. This could possibly be tentative proof that Andrew continues to be alive, or it might a crimson herring. In the event you had run away from residence and are presumably making an attempt to keep away from detection, why would you employ a consumer identify of an outdated household nickname? Why would you set private data that could possibly be traced again to a lacking individuals case on-line?

I personally imagine that Andrew died shortly after he went lacking. Though I might love for him to be alive and effectively, and the police and the posters give a sure diploma of hope, I believe it’s extremely unlikely {that a} 14 12 months outdated boy might have survived for 13 years. I believe it is attainable he felt bored or suffocated at residence, as many youngsters do and went to London for a day or a number of days for an journey. If the sightings in Oxford Road and Covent Backyard are true, then its attainable he was alive in London for some time earlier than both dying by chance, or being murdered. To his physique not being discovered, London is a giant place and there are many locations, sadly, to get rid of a physique. If he was murdered, it is attainable he was kidnapped and killed someplace distant from Kings Cross or any sightings, someplace the police would not suppose to look. 


Apologies for spelling errors, format and many others, that is my first publish on this subreddit. I do know this has been posted many instances earlier than, it’s a pet case of mine.

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