Dad who disappeared three months ago could be living in woods, wife claims

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A dad who disappeared almost three months ago might be living in the woods, his wife has claimed.

Binman Joshua Jones, 29, vanished after leaving his home in Matlock, Derbyshire, to visit a pharmacy on December 12.

He was last seen in a Sainsbury's supermarket in the town at 12.19pm – shortly after he left home.

On the day he left, Joshua texted wife Talia to say "I love you to the moon and back" before his phone was switched off.

Despite Joshua's mysterious disappearance, Talia, 40, believes he is still alive and could be living in the wild.

She said: "I just want him home. I believe he's still alive and he's maybe out in the woods.

"He has survival skills and we used to joke about leaving behind the rat race and going and building a treehouse together.

"I just think he needed some time on his own.

"But I now want him back home. I don't have anger and I won't even ask questions. I just want Josh back where he belongs.

"Please, if you can, help me find him."

Before he went missing, Joshua, who has a two-year-old son, Luke, was wearing blue jeans and a grey Superdry coat with lighter grey sleeves and bright green inside the hood.

Joshua is 6ft, slim, and has blue eyes and brown hair.

Talia said: "I email him every day to tell him how much I love him. I'm not coping well and he was the glue that held our family together.

"Luke points at his photo and asks for his dad. It's heartbreaking. If you're reading this Josh, I'm sorry you felt the only option that day was to leave.

"I'm sorry and I love you so much. We miss you so much. Please just come home."

She added that the couple, who married in 2017, had argued on the day he vanished. She said: "I wish I stopped him from leaving. People fall out all the time.

"We had a beautiful relationship and I never thought he wouldn't come home.

"His car had broken down the day before and we'd just paid over £600 to get it through the MOT.

"It broke down at a terrible time because we still hadn't sorted the Christmas presents for my two girls and our son, the rent was due and we hadn't done any Christmas food shopping.

"We couldn't ask family for money again because we had already done that. He texted me hours after he left to say it wasn't my fault and he loved Luke, the girls and he loved me to the moon and back.

"That's always been what we say to each other."

Talia said that Joshua was suffering from heightened anxiety because of the pandemic.

She added: "He said he felt trapped.

"Our main thing we did together as a couple was go to the pub for a pint. That's how we met and it became our thing.

"We used to take Luke and we'd go as a family. We always sat at the table where we went on our first date. But all that came to an end."

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