Hunt for Damion stepped up after mother’s death

The death of a missing Bridlington man’s mother has sparked a new family appeal to bring him home.

Damion Vernon has not been seen since 8 December 2014 and now his mother, Margaret Fox, 53, has died at Scarborough Hospital after suffering from an aneurysm at home in the early hours of Saturday (25 April) morning.

Vernon family appeal to missing Damion NBFP PA1518-6a

Vernon family appeal to missing Damion NBFP PA1518-6a

Margaret’s daughter and Damion’s sister, Sherri Miller, 26, said: “My mum was everybody’s right arm. She was the rock of the family and to lose her is devastating. Following this news, we now need to make sure Damion comes home. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts, then please get in touch with the police. It has been too long now and somebody out there must know something.”

Damion Vernon, 32 was last seen in the Belle Vue area of Wakefield on Monday, 8 December.

Detectives said Mr Vernon left his blue Vauxhall Corsa, registration number YH51 FLL, parked on Sycamore Street, Belle Vue.

He then walked along an alleyway off Sycamore Street, which is close to the river.

Missing man Damion Vernon

Missing man Damion Vernon

The ‘Damion William Vernon missing’ Facebook page has accumulated nearly 10,000 members with a flood of people sending their support to the family when the news broke.

Margaret’s sister Bridget Bean, 52, said: “We are so grateful for all the comments from people and are overwhelmed by everybody sending us their condolences. It is a difficult time for us as a family and we appreciate the support.

“Margaret was distraught when Damion left. She was never the same again. She didn’t leave the house and was depressed.

“She was just heartbroken. It was as though her life stopped that day.

Damion's mother Margaret Fox who has sadly passed away

Damion's mother Margaret Fox who has sadly passed away

“She put the Christmas tree up with his presents underneath hoping he would return, the same tree is still standing now as she never gave up hope he would come back.”

Margaret was born and bred in Bridlington as one of eight sisters at the family home in Jubilee Avenue.

The former Headlands School pupil was a carer for a number of years before becoming a private foster carer taking several children into her care.

Margaret leaves behind her husband of 20 years Steve Fox, her daughter Sherri and sons Aaron and Damion.

Steve said: “Margaret was a bubbly and family person who absolutely doted on her grandchildren. We had been married for 20 years and there were so many happy times.

“Margaret changed after Damion’s disappearance. We were drifting apart and she didn’t really speak about it. She spent so much time on her own and in the house that she had no life after his disappearance.

“We now just want Damion home.”

Despite Damion being missing for almost five months, the family have not given up hope of being reunited with him and are now sending a new plea for information on his current location.

Damion, of Headlands Close, Bridlington, is 6ft tall, slim and has short wavy light brown-coloured hair. He was last seen wearing a mustard-coloured body warmer, a green long-sleeved woollen jumper and jeans.

Damion’s auntie Bridget appealed to him directly saying: “Please Damion, you would not put your mother through this. Come back to your family, where you belong. We need you and you need your family around you at times such as this.”

Margaret’s funeral will take place at Burlington Methodist Church in Bridlington on 7 May starting at 1pm. Everyone is welcome and the dress code is optional.

Anyone with information of Damion Vernon’s whereabouts should contact Humberside Police on 101, quoting log number 438 of December 9.