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I hope to see my missing girl again; Father of vanished mum believes she is still alive.

Byline: By Tony Deeley

THE father of a young Black Country mother who mysteriously disappeared three years ago today is still holding out hope that she is alive.

Natalie Putt was 17 when she went missing from her home in Thornleigh, Lower Gornal, on September 1, 2003, just 11 weeks after giving birth to a baby boy, Rhys.

Police have drawn a blank in the hunt for Natalie, despite bringing in experts from the National Crime Faculty in Bramshill, Hampshire.

Today Natalie's 49-year-old father, David Putt, said he still hopes to see her again. "I can never give up hope but the longer it goes on there is less chance of the possibility she is still alive," he said.

"I just keep praying that one day she will walk through the door."

Natalie's disappearance sparked a massive search. The National Missing Persons Bureau arranged for appeals for information to be displayed on buses throughout the West Midlands but no sightings of the young mum were ever reported.

Natalie's boyfriend at the time she went missing, Kevin McCallum, of Fern Road, Dudley, has been looking after little Rhys ever since.

Mr Putt, who sees his young grandson every weekend, said the pain of Natalie's disappearance was as keen now as it ever was.

"It is no easier today than it was three years ago," he said. "The worst part of it is not knowing what has happened to her. I just have to carry on with my life.

"The police have said that until they have a possible sighting or a lead to go on there is no point in them contacting me. There is nothing they can say."

Det Insp Sue Spencer of Dudley North CID said today the case was still active.

She added: "We have had no sightings of Natalie to go on. We will pursue any new leads that come in."

Anyone knowing Natalie's whereabouts or with information should contact detectives at Brierley Hill on 0845 113 5000.


STILL HOPING... David Putt with baby grandson Rhys' RIDDLE OF DISAPPEARANCE... Black Country mother Natalie Putt, who vanished three years aago today.' ANGUISH... Kevin McCallum holds son Rhys shortly after the disappearance of Natalie Putt, inset.
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