Vulnerable mum’s heartbreak as police end search for son 10 weeks after he ‘disappeared without warning’

A woman who says her son “disappeared without warning” has spoken out after police have now closed the case.

Glen Jackson, 46, was last seen in the area of High Street, Maryport on May 21. His mother, Jackie Ostle has been left heartbroken after police confirmed they are closing the case as they believed he has died.

Jackie relied on her son as her carer and says he just “disappeared without warning” on that night. Jackie has an extremely close relationship with her son, she has described Glen as ‘keeping her going’.

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Describing her son, she said: “He is also my carer, I am in the severely disabled category and Glen comes to me almost every day and does things for me. He takes my dog for a walk, gets me up and moving as well because I run out of energy and things because I lose energy and things.”

After Glen being missing for 10 weeks and after extensive searches, Jackie was visited by two police officers who confirmed the search for Glen has been stopped. Police told Jackie they believe no third party was involved and that he had died and have, therefore, closed the case.

She continued: “There have been lots of searches and the police brought in Maryport rescue and search and rescue teams. So there have been a lot of searches for him where he lived around Bank Mill through to Maryport.

“But there have been no clues. Two CDI officers came out and told me they’d done all they could and there was nothing else they can do now. They said they were sure there was no third party involvement and that they believe he is deceased.”

Jackie is finding it hard to accept because Glen still hasn’t been found. She said the biggest problem she has with the police is the lack of communication she has received.

A number of times Jackie has called police for an update or even presented at the station but was often told that the person didn’t know the case and couldn’t give her any information.

She said: “It’s been like that since the beginning. Expect one police sergeant who always took the time to go through the file for me. It wasn’t even his job he had just noticed that they hadn’t been in contact with me.

“I contacted Missing People UK right at the beginning and they were going to coordinate everything they said. They said they’d be able to contact hospitals and hostels all over the country and then a week or so ago I gave them a ring to see what had happened.

“They told me they had contacted the police to start it and the police had declined and refused to let them be involved.”

Jackie said throughout all of this she’s had no support from police in terms of a family liaison. She explained that she was told police now aren’t obligated to provide any family support, something she believes she needs.

“There was only me and my son up here,” she added.

“I’m disabled and he’s my carer and there has been recognition of that from police. The days are long just waiting and waiting to hear something.

“He just disappeared without any warning. He was sitting in his flat watching TV at 10pm at night and his phone, his wallet, everything was there and then the next morning he was gone.

“The police are saying there is no foul play but I don’t know what they’ve based that on. Something happened to make him leave the flat and leave without anything.”

Cumbria Police have been contacted for a comment.

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