mum Rebecca Minnock and son Ethan found safe and well
Highbridge mother Rebecca Minnock and her three-year-old son Ethan
have been found safe and well, police said last night (Friday).
known as Becky, who had been missing with Ethan since May 26th,
came forward and made contact with police on Friday evening.
was in the Oxford area when she came forward, they said.
Marie Wright, who led the investigation, said: "This is the
news we had been hoping for and I am grateful to Becky for coming
Becky and Ethan will now receive the support they need and the
appropriate welfare arrangements will be made."
would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance
throughout this investigation."
comes after police
issued a personal video appeal to Rebecca Minnock earlier on Friday,
saying "you dont have to carry on hiding" and
urging her to contact police.
the two-minute video, DCI Wright, right, said: "We
know what youre doing is the best for Ethan because obviously
youre his mum and youre thinking what is best for
him. Youre doing what any mum would in the fact that you
believe youre really protecting him."
I know that youve been talking to the media, you talked
about how you wanted Ethan to come home. You want him to have
contact with his Nanny, with his pets and playing in the garden
and I think thats the best possible outcome and idea. You
said that you thought youre going to be in a huge amount
of trouble for what youve done, but I want to make sure
that you and Ethan are safe."
on Friday, Rebecca Minnock's mum and partner were jailed for lying
about her disappearance, as we reported here.
Stephen Wildblood at Bristol Crown Court said on Friday he "could
not possibly" avoid imposing a prison sentence on Louise
Minnock, 52, and Andrew Butt, 56.
Minnock, 35, had fled her home in Highbridge with three-year-old
Ethan two weeks ago. The pair vanished on the day Miss Minnock
was due to hand her only child over to his father, Roger Williams,
following a court order.
defied orders by Judge Wildblood to come forward, as well as direct
appeals from police and family members appearing before the courts.
Minnock and Mr Butt were jailed for 10 and 28 days respectively
for lying to police and withholding "crucial" information
which would find Ethan.