- THE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS
|Jeffrey Hodgson's body was found in 2002
Jeffrey Hodgson was 38 when he disappeared in
Ibiza, but he had the mental age of an eight year old. When
Jeffrey’s body was found, it should have been an end to a tragic
story for his family. But it was the beginning of a mystery.
Jeffrey vanished while his parents Beryl and Derek Hodgson
checked into their hotel in the resort of Calla Llonga in July 2001.
The Spanish police’s intensive search for Jeffrey only
lasted three days. In the months that followed
it was scaled down.
Beryl says, "Jeffrey was never searched for as a child
and that’s exactly what he was in his mind, he was a man in his body,
but he was a child in his mind."
talks of her devastation
Beryl says, "We realised that if nobody else was going
to be searching we needed to do it."
Jeffrey’s family and friends distributed more than 100,000
posters of Jeffrey.
They had to rely on their own fund raising events to
pay for repeated trips back to Ibiza.
Derek says, "Its been a bit like a do it yourself search
right from the beginning with no assistance hardly from the police and
Despite several reported sightings of Jeffrey, their
attempts to get an intensive search renewed by the Spanish and British
Jeffrey’s body was discovered by two German climbers
walking in a thickly wooded clifftop area. It was just a few kilometres
from the hotel where he went missing.
|Home video shows
the remote, rocky mountain road
The Spanish police told the devastated family Jeffrey
must have found his own way to the remote spot. His death was a tragic
accident, rather than suspicious.
The family find it hard to believe that Jeffrey could
have climbed up the rough, rocky track and then begun a steep descent
down the mountainside through thick scrubland.
Derek says, "He’s handicapped, he’d no coordination with
his hands and his feet as such."
"He couldn’t get up the stairs at Maine Road when I used
to take him to the football without me having to support him."
|WHY PEOPLE GO MISSING
Illness or accident
Other mental illness
Amnesia, senile dementia or Alzheimer's
Alcohol, drug or solvent misuse
Abduction (most feared but least likely)
Just because they feel like it
Source:National Missing Persons
Instead of grieving for him, Jeffrey’s family now find
themselves trying to solve the mystery of how Jeffrey came to be there.
They went back to the island a few weeks ago to make
a film of the route Jeffrey’s supposed to have taken. This brought up
more questions than answers.
Derek says, "We were lead to believe there were
no specs of blood on him. When we cam back out legs were cut to ribbons."
"We had gashes and cuts all over us and pine needles
sticking our of our trainers and clothing."
Beryl says, "His Stockport County shirt, which is a silky
shirt, would be pulled all over it and it isn't."
There’s no date been fixed yet for an inquest, which
will be held in Stockport, to establish the cause of Jeffrey’s death.
The family hope it will finally help to solve the mystery
of what really did happen to Jeffrey.
Worried about a missing person?
If you're worried about a missing person, you can contact
the police or the National Missing Person's Helpline on:
0500 700 700.
They are a UK charity dedicated to helping missing people
and supporting their families while they wait for news.