Date: Monday, 25 March 2019
Last week, a 17-year-old boy from the youth school in Helsingør never showed up for breakfast.
For seven teachers and about 40 10th grade students at the junior high school in Helsingør, who were studying in the big city of Manchester, it was a very unpleasant experience when a 17-year-old pupil never showed up for the joint breakfast on Thursday.
Frederiksborg Amts Avis writes .
The local police investigation quickly revealed that there were no signs of a crime. On the other hand, the video surveillance at the pupils' hostel pointed out that the 17-year-old left the place quite relaxed before breakfast. Dressed in running clothes. It was presumably instead a planned disappearance, the police said.
Much indicates that the 17-year-old, who according to Frederiksborg Amts Avis has Eritrean refugee background, is not alone in using study trips to disappear in England, where there is a large eritrean environment.
Thus, three other pupils from Eritrea disappeared from another educational institution on Zealand earlier this month on a study trip in London. They also disappeared on a Thursday.
The three students were aged 19 to 20 years. Here too, there were signs that their disappearance was planned, writes Frederiksborg Amts Avis.
The 17-year-old who disappeared on Thursday was scheduled for a joint run in Manchester with his class, but had to report out of a stomach injury.
This tells Michael Mathiesen, who is chairman of Helsingør Youth School, to TV 2.
- The group is going to run on Thursday morning after a fixed agreement. Here the boy says that he has a stomach ache, and he therefore remains in the room at his hostel. When the group comes home about an hour later, they can no longer find him.
According to Michael Mathiesen, the host's surveillance camera shows that the boy left the spot in running clothes about a quarter of an hour after the group started the run.
- He brings his passport and his personal papers, but leaves his luggage left in the room, says the chairman of Helsingør Youth School.
The case was reported to the British police in the afternoon on Thursday 21 March, and the youth school's management has since been in continuous dialogue with police and authorities in both the UK and Denmark.
British police informed Elsinore Youth School that after searching the young man's luggage, a box from a new, cheap Nokia mobile had been found, which was most likely to be used to make calls in the UK with a talk card, suggesting that it young man is planning to leave his classmates.
Rikke Reiter, head of Helsingør Municipality, informed Helsingør's City Council on the status of the case on Saturday 23 March at noon.
Here it sounded, among other things, that:
- As we have said, we still do not know where the young 17-year-old is. We are in close dialogue with the young man's parents. As it looks right now, there is no more we can do in the matter - other than having to relate to the young man probably leaving the group of his own free will.
The boy's family is informed and has been offered crisis assistance from the municipality, while both teachers and students have been offered psychological assistance, the municipality informs TV 2.