Missing Since: 26th May 1989.
Charles has been missing for over 31 years after disappearing in Kelowna, Canada. Since that time he has had no contact with friends or family. His family have never given up the search for Charles travelling to Canada numerous times to conduct their own enquires.
About This Case
The lives of my family have been devastated, surviving thirty-one years without answers; it’s been like living on a rollercoaster to hell. The torment, loss and pain of a child missing is unimaginable, especially thousands of miles away from home across the ocean at the other side of the world.
Regardless, one has to keep going, fighting for justice and truth. How can you not stop until you know the fate of your child?
I always believed if I fought and worked hard enough, I would find the answers to my young son’s demise, as yet I have not been successful but my search for Charles will continue as long as I can stand, walk and talk I will search for my young son until the day I die.
I am fortunate there have been kind people along the way who have helped me, sadly it doesn’t get easier, it gets harder with each passing day.
The long thirty-one-year search for Charles has taken me to my physical, mental and financial limits. Help is essential to ensure the search for Charles goes on.
Having lived with Charles in Yorkshire for most of our lives, it is wonderful to receive the investigative support of the team at Leeds Beckett University and specialists at Locate International to continue the search for years to come.
Their support will be invaluable to me and my family. I hope their work will grow to assist so many other families whose missing loved ones need to find their way home.
We will be working with Kirsty Bennett and the team at Leeds Beckett University. Kirsty, who previously worked at West Yorkshire Police after joining the homicide and major inquiry team as a civilian, said:
“Charles’ case presents a real challenge for the criminology students given the geographical complexities of his disappearance. Yet, students will have the chance to understand all aspects of his case by following the processes of a cold case review.
Using established police processes and the expertise of volunteers from Locate International, students have the opportunity to explore the case file, provide reports, and generate further lines of inquiry from their own research.
The unit will follow the same format as a major incident room, and the skills the students will bring can hopefully identify possible areas of development in Charles’ case.”
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Charles Horvarth-Allan’s case is featured on our podcast, ‘The Missing’. You can listen to the episode below.