Cops trace youth missing since 2014

Though a missing person case was filed in 2014, probe by the local police led nowhere.

Thrissur: The Kerala crime branch located a youth who went missing in 2014 and reunited him with his distraught mother soon after it took over the case recently.

The detectives found Deepa and Sateeshan's son Sandeep (26) – natives of Dharmadam, Kannur – from Coimbatore after he left home five years ago due to financial crisis. Though a missing person case was filed in 2014, probe by the local police led nowhere.

Tracing Sandeep was not easy as he had no phone, nor did he ever call a friend or relative. Even when the case went cold, the mother kept searching. That is when a relative told her that Sandeep was spotted at Guruvayur sometime back. Deepa filed another complaint and one later directly to the chief minister on January 19.

The complaint reached the crime branch through IG MR Ajith Kumar. The team now concentrated on Guruvayur where Sandeep was found to have stayed four years ago before leaving for Coimbatore.

Three teams were deployed in Coimbatore. They soon learnt that Sandeep was in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. He was running his own catering service there. He agreed to come back home after police’s persuasion.

SP Babu K Thomas, SI TR Gladston, ASIs NG Suvruthakumar, PM Rafi, K Gopalakrishnan and P Rakesh, CPOs Pazhaniswami, Vipin Das, MS Likesh and TV Jeevan were on the team that found Sandeep.

In a Facebook post, the chief minister congratulated the cops, who scripted a happy ending to a mind-numbing tale of separation.

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