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Detectives from Southampton’s Major Crime Department are appealing for a woman seen on CCTV talking to a man shortly before he disappeared to come forward.
Jason Verge, aged 23, has not made contact with friends and family for around three weeks.
It’s known he last spoke to friend on Wednesday, October 20. He also kept an appointment at 3.15pm that day at the Jobcentre Plus in Bernard Street, Southampton.
It’s thought he would have left the appointment around 4pm but he hasn’t been seen since. He has been tracked on CCTV going to the job centre down London Road and the city centre and leaving but so far there have been no sightings of him
He is however seen shortly before going into the job centre meeting with a woman with blonde hair and a pony tail who was wearing white top and dark trousers. It appears to be a chance meeting near the main entrance to the West Quay shopping
centre. They then walk together for a while before she meets up with someone else and they go their separate ways.
Officers now need to speak to the woman as she is likely to have been one of the last people known to have seen him. They are urging her to get in contact
Jason currently has no fixed address, but had been staying at various locations across Southampton – most recently at a property in Bellevue Road with a relation.
Police are particularly concerned as Jason’s disappearance is totally out of character. He suffers from myotonic dystrophy – a muscular condition which causes his muscles to seize.
Although he is not on medication for this he has some restricted mobility and is registered disabled. All his family and friend connections appear to be in Southampton and though it is thought he may have been depressed in the past there it is not thought he had been recently.
Detective Inspector Dave Dilly said:
“We are very concerned about Jason as this is so out of character and there appears to be no obvious reason for his disappearance.
“I would urge anyone who may know where he is or thinks they have seen him to contact my team at the Major Crime Department at Hulse Road. We really need to speak to the woman he was seen talking to in the city centre as she may have vital information. To try and trace her we have released some CCTV showing her.
“I would also urge Jason himself to contact or his family as soon as possible to let us know he is safe and well.
“We know that he was meant to have visited his girlfriend on October 20 in the evening at 8.30pm but failed to turn up and this is also highly unusual. If you have seen Jason or know where he is then please contact us urgently.”
Jason is described as white, with short brown hair which is balding at the back and small rounded glasses with quite thick lenses. He was last seen wearing blue stonewash jeans, black trainers which are described as falling to pieces, a
white tracksuit jumper and a black leather jacket.
Anyone with any information can contact the Major Crime Department at Hulse Road on 101 or call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.