A STRANGER who spoke to missing student Jason Fyles moments before he vanished could help police piece together his last known movements.
Jason, 19, has not been seen since he left a friends house on Helmsley Road in Sandyford, at around 2.45am on Thursday.
Police and his loved-ones are becoming more and more concerned about him. Officers have now discovered that Jason, who is from Southport on Merseyside, spoke to a stranger in the street just 20 minutes earlier to ask for directions.
They are now urging this man to get in touch.
Supt Andy McDyer, of Northumbria Police, said: “We know that Jason spoke to this man before going into his friends’ house, and we believe that he may have information that would help us to understand Jason’s state of mind at the time.
“This was not the last sighting of Jason, but speaking to him will help us to build a picture of Jason’s movements before he went missing.
“We are carrying out extensive inquiries to trace Jason’s whereabouts and we are appealing for anyone who thinks they may have seen him since last Thursday to contact us.”
Jason posted a disturbing message on Twitter after leaving Sean’s house.
He wrote: “I find it really sad that everyone that I tried to get help. From just. Turned. Their. Back.”
Worried friends later reported him missing, and when police contacted his family in the North West relatives immediately made the trip to Tyneside to help with the search.
Jason’s parents Ian and Caroline, brother Shaun, sister Kimberley, and aunt Wendy are now staying in Newcastle.
Wendy, 48, said: “We just want him back so we can give him a hug. We just need to know where he is. There’s such a big piece missing from the family.”
The man police want to speak to is described as being around 20-years-old, 5ft 8ins tall, of stocky or athletic build, with short light blond or ginger hair and a pale complexion. He was wearing a white v-neck T-shirt.
Jason is 5ft 9ins, pale, of very slim build with short ginger hair. He was wearing a blue T-shirt, grey jumper, beige chino trousers and brown shoes.
Anyone with information should call Northumbria Police on 101 with information.