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I JUST WANT MY SON BACK; Heartbroken father of missing Wayne Morgan has a cupboard full of unopened Christmas presents.

Byline: JAMES MCCARTHY james.mccarthy@walesonline.co.uk

THE heartbroken father of missing Wayne Morgan has a cupboard full of unopened Christmas presents for his son.

Arfon Morgan bought the 40-yearold hats, gloves and jumpers because he already knew his son was sleeping rough.

But now Arfon fears his only child - known locally as Wolfman - could have died in the freezing weather.

"Christmas is difficult," the 60-year-old said.

Calling the ridiculous. beard and so they name ""There are still parcels wrapped here from over six years ago that have not been opened. They are still there."

His dad, who runs a machine repairs business, believed Wayne vanished because he had an argument with someone.

Wayne has been missing since April 30, 2008. He was 33 at the time. He turned 40 on September 2. He was thought to be living in Pantyffynnon woods, near Ammanford, from the year before and surviving on rabbits, plants and berries.

"The presents stay in the cupboard now, I couldn't bring them out," Arfon said.

"They were warm jumpers, and warm coats, and hats and gloves.

"The kinds of things that he would need. I suspected what he was doing then and so I bought him warm gear."

He said he desperately misses his son.

him Wolfman is He had a long hair tagged that there "I just want him to get in touch because at the moment I'm still here," Arfon said.

"Whether I will be next year, I don't know. The court might decide I have to sell my house and then you do not know what is going to happen, but at the moment he knows where I live."

Arfon, now going through a divorce, said: "I don't know what I would say to him if he came back.

"Of course I would give him a hug. I was going through old photos of him the other day, from when he was a child, when he was two or three. He had a bowler hat on and had been running around wearing it like a crown.

"The police used to fly over and use heat seekers to try and find him."

He was once thought to have turned to petty crime to survive the harsh winter.

"They downgraded the search because they did not know what to do any more," Arfon said.

He said police found "places where he had been living rough".

"But they had been demolished and he had not been living there for a while," Arfon said.

The police searched places in Cornwall where the family used to holiday.

"Even when he was older he used to go down there," Arfon said.

"I've not got a clue where he is now. I have a horrible gut feeling that he is dead in some woods somewhere.

"He changed his doctor but never turned up for appointments."

He dismissed reports Wayne was ex-military.

"There was a rumour that he had been in the army but he never has been," Arfon said.

"But the rumour was put out that was how he was surviving in the forest."

He actually worked in forestry at the National Trust's Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Pumsaint.

Arfon hates the nickname his son has acquired.

He said: "It's ridiculous because it makes him sound like one of the wild men of Borneo.

"Everyone that knows him knows him as a mild-mannered guy.

"He had a beard and long hair so they tagged that name on there."

Charity Missing People described Wayne as living an "alternative lifestyle".

"He is believed to have been living rough, and is not known to claim benefits or be registered with any agency," a spokeswoman said.

"After a substantial period of not making any contact with family members, relatives are now concerned for his welfare.

"Police fear he could freeze to death in the cold weather."

In 2012, Ammanford Angling Association was enlisted by police to try to find Wayne.

"I cannot see how anybody would survive outside without being in a barn or having a tent; it has been bitterly cold," club secretary John Jones said at the time.

"Calling him the Wolfman is ridiculous. He had a beard and long hair so they tagged that name on there

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'The Tips' woodland between the villages of Pantyffynnon and Penybanc in West Wales where Wayne Morgan, inset, is believed to have lived
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