Two London men have been arrested on… human trafficking charges as part of a cold case investigation into the disappearance from a 14 year old United Kingdom boy on a metro platform in the city in 2007.
South Yorkshire police and their colleagues from the Metropolitan Police in London said they arrested two men, aged 45 and 38. However, they have already been “released under investigation”, meaning they have not been charged, but the police are still working on the case.
Both have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and human trafficking. The 45-year-old is also accused of possessing indecent images of children.
Police were investigating the disappearance of Andrew Gosden, who is now 28. He was last seen on a security video shot in London’s Kings Cross tube station on September 14, 2007.
Before he disappeared, he withdrew the equivalent of about $275 from his bank account and bought a one-way ticket from Doncaster to London – about 170 miles away, the BBC reported.
According to the network, he went to school that morning, then returned home after his parents left for work and took off his class uniform and put on street clothes.
“We’ve made numerous calls over the years to find out where Andrew is and what happened to him when he disappeared,” Detective Detective Inspector Andy Knowles said in a statement on Tuesday. “I would encourage anyone who has information that they have not yet reported to report.”
Pictures show that Gosden has light brown hair and brown eyes. He is also described as having a “distinctive double rim” in his right ear. Many photos show that he is wearing glasses. At the time of his disappearance, he was 5 feet, 4 inches tall with a skinny build.
In a statement on a Twitter account dedicated to the missing Gosden, his father Kevin said the family “does not want to speculate on a possible outcome” of the cases against the two men, whose identities have not yet been made public.
“We have carried the burden of not knowing for years, and recent potential developments represent a more intensified period of this emotional journey for us,” he said Tuesday. “So we hope you understand how difficult this time is for us as a family and want to thank you for your support and prayers.”