The mother of a child who disappeared from Sydney over Christmas says she has been denied access to her son’s remains because authorities believe he may have been abducted by a criminal syndicate.
Key points:A family member says they were informed they were going to receive a letter on Tuesday about a “suspected” abduction of the childThe letter stated the family had no further information about the child’s whereaboutsPolice have confirmed the letter was sent to them and are “in the process of investigating” whether the letter is genuinePolice say the letter stated that the family “have no further further information” about the missing childThe family’s lawyer, who was not named, said they were told by the police they would receive a formal notice about the suspected abduction of their son on Tuesday.
“I think the letter just said that he’s been found,” Ms Stokes said.
“They were very clear about that.”
Ms Stokes’ son was last seen on December 14 when he left the family’s home in the city’s south-east, but police said they have yet to locate him.
The missing man’s mother says police and the coronial commission are now investigating whether he was abducted by criminal syndicates.
“We are now in the process and I have been advised by police that he is no longer at risk,” she said.”[But] I can’t speak to whether it’s true or not, it is my understanding he is not in a position to be abducted.”
The family said they had been informed by the coronational commission and police that they would be given a formal letter on the disappearance on Tuesday, but Ms Stoke said the letter had not been delivered to them.
“It’s just a very cursory letter and it doesn’t say anything about what’s going on,” she told 7.30.
“The police told me they were in the same position as me and they said that they were not going to provide information.”
Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Police said they believed they had located the missing boy, who is in his early 20s, but did not know where he was.
Ms Stoke is currently assisting the NSW police with the investigation.
“If it’s not true, it’s certainly not the case, and the family will have the option to make that decision,” she added.
“But if they do want to pursue this, I think it would be best for us to do that as a family.”
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