My Dad was a very well-liked man. Everyone knew him as a kind and gentle man and nobody had a bad word to say about him.
My grandparents helped get him back on his feet again and to find a job after four years of not being able to work due to his mental health, but I think the pressure of the new job was too much as he went missing a week later. He left a note saying that he had let us down and for us to have a good life and that he loved us. We have never been sure whether it was a note to say he was going to take his life or just saying goodbye.
When an adult goes missing, they have the right to be away from home so the police won’t do anything for a day or two. There will be lots of activity for a week or two and then it slows. Missing People have been great about keeping the news out there and sharing his story over the years.
The most difficult times of the year are Father’s Day, his birthday and the date he went missing. Those times are tough. I’m a father myself now, so Father’s Day is about time with the kids, but I now have a father-in-law and when I see my wife get a card for him it’s a painful reminder. You get used to not saying the word ‘Dad’.
Everything I achieved since was to make him proud.
This Father’s Day there will be thousands of families like Kevin’s living in limbo and desperate for answers. Donate to Missing People on behalf of your dad by 13 June and receive a Father’s Day card, while helping the thousands of people affected by a disappearance each year.