Drama set in a busy missing persons unit. MJ helps an autistic boy whose mother has vanished, and is shocked when a radio DJ asks about her own missing sister.
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Sorry, I'll have to call you back.
Dover Missing Persons Unit.
Sorry, DC Doyle's not here at the moment.
Amy Garnett's phone.
She should be in any minute.
I will. Thank you.
It's 20 past nine!
All right, son?
You OK there?
We'd better not go in together. People might suspect.
Wait a minute before you follow me.
Please tell me your name.
Have you run away from home?
The officer will take you to our interview room.
Would you like a drink? Juice or something?
Where was he picked up?
Wandering along Kingsway.
-He won't, or can't, tell us his name and address.
-Hasn't said anything apart from a sequence of numbers.
I don't know.
Someone's looking for him.
Let's find out who he is and get him home.
-Sorry I'm late...
-I'm really not interested, Amy.
You clock in on time like the rest of us.
That applies to you, too, DC Doyle.
I want you to take MPU as seriously as you did Vice.
You never know.
You might learn something.
Bring Amy up to speed. I want to find out who that young man is.
We need to find out where you live so we can take you home.
Can we take a look in your bag?
Won't your family be worried?
Is there someone we could contact?
There's nothing, apart from this key ring.
AT, these your initials?
Can I take a look at your book?
Wow. These are great.
I checked the PNC. No-one matching his description is missing.
Is that your name?
I'll go through the electoral roll.
Have you run away from home?
Don't worry. We'll soon find out where you're from
and get you back safely.
Oh, MJ, I did some research on the symptoms that Jason described.
Difficulty communicating, verbal repetition.
He could have a form of autism.
I'll make some calls, get some expert advice.
-You contact the LEA and social services.
Jase, when you're finished here, fire escape. Bit of privacy.
No record at all of an Anthony Taylor?
Would you expect to have details of everyone in the area with autism?
All right. Thank you. Bye bye.
How's my favourite detective sergeant in the whole wide world?
How did you get past front desk?
-With a friendly smile.
-It's meant to be authorised people only.
They all know me.
Dover Radio mug! It's a freebie just for you, and I've got mouse mats and pens as well.
What are you after, Danny?
Well, it suddenly struck me
that you would be the perfect person for my show tonight.
Your guest has dropped out.
Well, it's a blessing in disguise.
You'll be fantastic.
I'm not going on the radio.
And I certainly can't be bribed with a...free mug.
-But it's my first show.
I thought you were happy being a crime journalist.
What does Liz think about you packing it all in?
She thinks it's a great idea.
She hopes I'll spend less time drinking with coppers.
Probably just trying to humour you through your mid-life crisis.
After the favours I've done you over the years!
You've had your fair share of exclusives.
I'm not going on your show.
We've known each other a long time, MJ.
Yes, too long, Danny. Out you go.
Out you go. Bye.
Look, um... Last night.
Don't get me wrong, it was...nice.
-Probably. I mean, we were really, really drunk.
Anyway, it was just a one-off. Right?
-From now on, we're just good colleagues.
-Yeah. It's no problem.
-No need for any awkwardness.
-Right, I'll see you...
-Yeah, it's cool.
-Broughton High School had a pupil called Anthony Taylor
up until four years ago.
He was withdrawn by his mother, a Sandra Taylor, to be taught at home.
Kent Autistic Family Support don't have an Anthony Taylor on their books. You found anything?
I have an Anthony Taylor and a Sandra Taylor at 45 Bankshire Road.
There's a phone number.
That's only five minutes' walk from where Anthony was picked up.
-It's looking likely, then.
She's probably out looking for him.
Hi, this is Amy Garnett at...
Want me to go over? I'll see if the neighbours have Sandra's mobile.
No. No, I'll take it.
Are you OK?
Something's happened to my fiance, Etienne. I don't know where he is.
-What's your name?
-Jan. Jan Morgan.
DC Doyle will take the details. Through there, please.
Amy, I want you to sit in on this interview.
Bit of female support?
No, I think Jason's fully in touch with his feminine side.
Your fiance's full name is Etienne George?
He's from St Lucia.
We should be on a flight on our way over there now.
-He was meant to pick me up hours ago, but he didn't
-You've missed your flight?
I've tried calling him but there's no answer on his mobile.
-When did you last speak to him?
-How did he sound?
A bit stressed.
-He still had things to sort out.
-Have you checked at Etienne's place?
We've both given up our flats to move to St Lucia.
So he's been staying with a friend, but he's not there.
We're getting married next week.
Look, I can't leave you here on your own. Please?
This is your house, isn't it?
OK. You stay there, right?
We met at work. I'd been there for ten years.
Spent nine of them thinking about leaving.
Boring office work.
Then Etienne started. He was on the reception desk.
I didn't know what to say to him at first, but eventually he plucked up courage.
Never have much luck, you see.
Tend to get a bit carried away, thinking I've met the one,
only to find they're not really into me in the same way.
When I got made redundant, we thought "Let's do it. Let's move to St Lucia."
Everyone says it's so beautiful out there.
Do you have any photos of him?
Here's one taken at my leaving party.
Hates his photo being taken.
He's very good looking.
Anyone at home?
Has he got any friends or relatives over here?
I've spoken to all his friends, but no-one's heard from him.
All of his family live in St Lucia.
We're staying with them until our house is finished.
-Wow, you're having a new house built?
Things are so much cheaper out there, Etienne said.
We put a deposit down. It should be ready after the wedding.
Etienne's cousin's a property developer.
-Can I borrow this, to check if Etienne's cousin has heard from him?
Got your flight number?
-We need to check Etienne wasn't on the plane.
He wouldn't have left without me.
We need to check everything.
Help me find him.
We'll do our best.
For goodness' sake, Anthony! You nearly gave me a heart attack.
Do you know what happened here?
Anthony, where's your mum?
-Have the numbers got something to do with your mum?
Sandra's left her mobile phone and her keys in the house.
Either she left in a hurry, or something's happened to her.
Our missing person isn't Anthony. It's his mum, Sandra.
I called the airport.
-Etienne wasn't on the flight.
-See! I told you he wouldn't go without me.
There were no flights booked in your names.
You must have made a mistake.
We went to the travel agents together.
I called them too.
Etienne went and cancelled. He got a refund.
They must have misunderstood.
We were meant to be leaving today.
His relatives are expecting us.
We were going to see the new house for the first time.
How did you pay the house deposit?
That was me. I had my redundancy, didn't I?
I gave the money to Etienne and he sorted it with his cousin.
Do you mind me asking how much it was?
Can you give us a second?
You know the expression love is blind.
Seems he cleared her back account.
He cancelled the flights. Why isn't she suspicious?
We'll check out his cousin. He might shed some light on it.
-I'll look into it.
-Good call asking about the deposit. I was gonna do that.
But I beat you to it.
We need to search the surrounding areas.
Go door to door, talk to neighbours, see if they've seen or heard anything.
We're now treating Sandra Taylor as a missing person.
I want her located urgently.
Is this your mum and dad, Anthony?
Do you know where your dad lives?
Don't worry. We'll find him.
St Lucian Land Registry have no record of the development.
The plot of land doesn't exist.
What about Etienne's cousin?
They've never heard of him, or his company.
But you saw the brochure!
There'll be an explanation.
Apart from the money you lent him for the deposit, was there anything else?
Yeah. I gave him £500 to get the rings and a suit, something nice for the wedding day.
But I saw them!
He couldn't resist.
I told him I wanted it to be a surprise, but Etienne was so excited he showed them to me.
-Even put the suit on.
-Where did he buy them?
The suit came from that department store in town.
He said he got the rings from one of those jewellers nearby.
But it was all my idea. I forced him to take the money.
He was embarrassed. We just wanted to do things right.
-I understand what you're thinking, but Etienne wouldn't do that!
We'll keep looking.
How are you doing with Jan?
She's a bit calmer.
I don't think we'll get the romantic ending she hopes for.
It's all in hand, MJ.
I'm assuming this is Anthony's father and Sandra.
According to marriage records, he's Edward Taylor.
They got married in 88, divorced three years ago. Track him down.
And Anthony kept repeating these numbers. It's not a phone number.
Bank account or computer password?
Maybe he plays bingo!
Your jokes are as bad as your timekeeping.
See what you can come up with.
We've got an Edward Taylor in for assault four years ago.
He was fined and bound over to keep the peace. Same date of birth.
-Got an address?
Go and see him.
Morning. DC Jason Doyle, Dover Missing Persons Unit.
-I'm looking for an Edward Taylor.
-I didn't even know I was missing!
-Are you Edward Taylor?
Sorry, couldn't resist. Eddie.
Are you related to Anthony Taylor of 45 Bankshire Road?
Yeah, he's my son. Is everything OK?
He was found on his own earlier this morning.
Can I ask if your son's autistic, Mr Taylor?
He is. Where was his mum?
We're trying to locate her. We hoped you'd help.
It's over a year since I've seen them.
We'd like you to come to the station. We need to find out what's happened.
Sorry, I've got a two-month-old baby and a business to run.
Anthony's on his own there.
Look, Sandra made it clear
that she and Anthony wanted nothing more to do with me.
I've got a baby to see to. Sorry I couldn't be of any more help.
Your son needs you.
Sandra would never leave Anthony on his own.
-He'll have wandered off. She'll be looking for him.
-I don't think so.
You really need to come with me to the station, Mr Taylor, now.
I have to make sure Karen and Daisy are OK first.
Not now, Danny.
If there is one thing I learned
in all my years of reporting crime, it's persistence.
I think I said no.
You'll regret it if you don't!
-It's great PR for the Missing Persons Unit.
-You sound desperate.
-No! Of course not.
-Get someone else, then. Bye.
No, don't go. Don't go.
OK. I'm desperate.
'You didn't ask me first.'
Now you just want to get out of a hole.
-You'll make me suffer for this.
I promised my producer I'd get someone for the show,
and it's not looking good. Come on, MJ.
OK, what time?
Well, get there about 8 o'clock and I'll show you the ropes.
'Don't worry. You'll be brilliant. The public'll love you.'
How are you getting on with Anthony and those numbers?
I've ruled out phone numbers and bus numbers,
but to be honest, they could be anything.
OK, well, stay on it.
According to the Inland Revenue, Sandra was self-employed.
She sold jewellery online.
-That throw up any contacts?
Her material suppliers haven't spoken to her in months.
Get uniform at the house. Get her bank and credit card statements.
Find out how the business is doing.
Any news on Etienne yet?
We're still chasing a few angles and waiting for St Lucia police to reply.
Hey. What's happening, eh?
Where's your mum?
Thanks for coming in, Mr Taylor.
Anthony, why don't you do your colouring while we talk to your dad?
I've never seen him so withdrawn.
What do you think could have upset him?
Breaking his usual routine.
-Being apart from Sandra.
-Has it been hard for you, being excluded from his life?
-What's that got to do with anything?
-You must be bitter and angry.
-When was the last time you saw Sandra?
-More than a year ago.
-And you've no knowledge of who would smash up her house?
November 2004, you admitted a charge of actual bodily harm.
I gave a loudmouth a slap for taking the mickey out of Anthony.
I've been at home with Karen and Daisy all day.
-Instead of having a go at me, you should look for Sandra!
-If you could just wait a sec.
A word, please.
Jason, in this department, we deal with people whose friends and loved ones are missing.
They are not suspects.
-He's her ex, and he's got a previous for violence. It was worth a go.
-No, it wasn't!
You need to brush up on your people skills.
That's why you were transferred here in the first place.
Someone get their wrists slapped?
Don't worry about it. Get a bite to eat. It'll be fine.
-I'm not really doing food.
You're not hung-over?
Canteen cappuccino. Works every time.
DC Doyle gets a bit carried away at times, but he means well.
-We need all the help we can get finding Sandra.
-What can I do?
Tell me all about her.
How long were you together?
Since we were kids, really.
She was my first serious girlfriend.
Grew apart, like lots of couples.
I'm sure you were both under a lot of pressure, bringing up Anthony.
She... We decided to treat his autism as a manageable condition.
That's easy to say with a young boy, isn't it?
Sandra was determined we could care for Anthony without outside help. I disagreed.
Was it hard, leaving your son?
We decided it would be best for me not to be involved.
You don't sound too sure.
I love my son.
Having a kid with a disability... changes everything.
I don't see what any of this has to do with finding Sandra.
Everything helps. Believe me.
The only thing that Anthony has said since we found him
is a series of numbers he keeps repeating. Any idea what they could mean?
He's been obsessed with numbers since he was a baby.
One year it would be train timetables, the next year, flight numbers...
What do these numbers mean, Anthony?
Have they got anything to do with your mum?
Have you hurt yourself, Anthony?
I just want to check that you're OK.
No one's going to hurt you, Anthony.
I just want to check you're OK.
Anthony! Look, no, leave. Hey.
There's nothing wrong, all right? Everyone's going.
He...he just gets a little upset if there's a lot of people around.
Leave him alone. He'll calm down in a few minutes.
He's always had a temper.
Just got worse as he grew older.
Our GP said there was medication we could give him to keep him calm.
Sandra was furious. Said I wanted to turn him into a vegetable.
I think we've got to assume that Anthony caused the damage at the house.
There's no sign of forced entry.
Anthony's bruised. Eddie, how bad can his temper get?
Is he capable of harming Sandra?
Doesn't know his own strength.
This is starting to look more serious than just a missing person.
What'll happen to Anthony?
Let's just try and find Sandra first.
I might need to talk to CID, but I don't want to jump to any conclusions.
From the St Lucia police.
What do you reckon?
-Are you OK after Anthony?
What have you got there?
Two property scams. Slightly different MO to our Etienne.
Two couples bought holiday homes over there that didn't exist,
-but the company involved had exactly the same PO box number as the one in Jan's brochures.
-Got any other leads?
Jan lent him money to buy wedding rings. Amy's been looking into it.
Yeah. She's a fast learner.
And it normally takes me so long to pick things up(!)
Really good teamwork(!)
I'm sorry. That came out wrong. It was...
How's that hangover of yours?
Well, I thought it was getting better.
He's had about 15 minutes. He'll probably be a bit calmer now.
-He can take as long as he likes.
-Might be good to check in on him.
-Whatever you need to do.
Thank you. For being so understanding.
Sandra's bank card was used in the chemists 20 minutes ago.
-It's at the very end of the High Street.
Get over there with a photo of Sandra. Ask for witnesses,
any indication of her state of mind or where she was heading.
I've been going through Sandra's bank statements, and business isn't exactly booming.
-Her personal account's not much better either.
-Her overdraft is maxed.
-So on top of everything else, the poor woman's up to her eyeballs in debt.
Where's Anthony? He's not in the interview room!
It's my fault. I told you to leave him.
-He can't have got far.
-He's not been out through reception.
This is all we need.
We've got all units out looking for Anthony.
We've circulated the description, we should pick him up soon.
-I shouldn't have left him.
-Anthony was distressed.
-It wasn't your fault.
-I never make the right decisions.
-Any idea where he may have gone?
-He'd normally be with his mum.
-Look, can I...step out and get some fresh air?
-As soon as I hear anything...
I had a call from Jason. He's at the chemist.
Sandra bought a packet of paracetamol and then tried to buy three more, but they refused her.
-She apparently looked distressed.
-That doesn't sound good.
I'll make some calls, see if she's tried other chemists.
If she's that desperate, she'll try and get more.
-Anthony. You need to come with me, Anthony.
Let me take you back to your dad.
You OK, son?
I was really worried about you.
Anything on Sandra?
I just left the chemist.
He wasn't that far from where we picked him up this morning.
-I think he knows where she is.
It can't be a coincidence.
We now know Sandra was on the High Street, and now Anthony was on the same route.
I think you're on to something.
And the numbers he's repeating definitely means something.
I've got patrols on alert. I'll check if she's bought more tablets.
I spoke to the jewellers. Etienne returned the wedding rings this morning.
-Any idea where he went?
-No, but we've the opportunity to catch him red-handed.
He's got to go back there at 5.30 to get the money off the owner.
-The assistant can't give refunds.
-Do we tell Jan?
-No, we need to be careful.
-If he's a no-show at 5.30, we don't want to have made any promises.
-But she's downstairs.
We let her know we've got a promising lead, but the rest, we leave till after 5.30.
Someone matching Sandra's description just bought
two packets of paracetamol at a chemist's 20 minutes ago.
Where's the latest shop?
Vale Road, not far from town.
-What road was he found on this morning?
-And I found him again on the A256.
Which leads to the A258.
She could be heading that way. Route out of town.
The Heritage Coast Trail runs along there.
Sandra was packing a picnic. Make a list of all the picnic spots around there.
Get patrols to check them out. I'm gonna head over there.
She's on the Heritage Coastal Trail, just past the visitor centre.
She looks OK. But send an ambulance, just in case.
I'm DS Croft.
Dover Missing Persons Unit.
We've been looking for you.
Anthony's really worried.
-Is he OK?
I've made such a mess of things.
I've really let him down.
I got him the wrong colouring book.
He...he got into one of his tempers.
I told him to calm down, or we wouldn't go out.
He slammed the bathroom door shut.
He didn't know I was right behind him.
We saw the blood.
He was so angry.
I was screaming at him,
threatening to go without him just...just to punish him.
It was so silly.
Going on a picnic when... when I've got all these debts.
You've had a really tough time.
Anthony doesn't mean to be such a handful,
but...it's just so relentless.
Anthony's at the station with Eddie.
I genuinely think he wants to help out, and financially.
Well, he's gonna have to now.
Sandra, have you taken any tablets?
Sandra, come on.
How many have you taken? Sandra, tell me, please!
Yeah, that's him.
I'm DC Jason Doyle. I'm with the Dover Missing Persons Unit.
Jan Morgan asked us to find you.
It's my fault. Please, I'm so sorry.
Where's the money, Etienne?
That's all there is.
I told them to make it out to her.
I'm going to get the money back on the suit.
The least I can do is get her back her £500.
What about the 4,000?
My cousin took it.
He said trust him.
I persuaded Jan.
I love her.
-Am I going to be arrested?
But I think you need to explain to Jan what happened.
You owe her that more than any money.
They managed to pump her stomach in time, but it was close.
-They're keeping her in.
He's calm now.
If Sandra agrees, he can come home with us tonight.
-Hey. How are you feeling?
I had no idea things had got so bad.
I tried too hard.
Thought it was for the best.
You were right.
-I couldn't cope.
-You're not to blame. I struggle with Anthony.
What else could you do?
Please, I...I want to make it up to you both.
She's in here.
I just wanted to say how sorry I am.
-I trusted you.
-I sent the money to my cousin, but he lied to us both.
-He'd taken it all.
-Why didn't you tell me?
I wanted it to be perfect.
I never thought this would happen.
You agreeing to marry me, move to St Lucia, everything.
I didn't even think you would go for a drink with me, let alone...I've messed it all up.
-I didn't know what to do.
I took the money for the flight and hired a solicitor, and he confirmed what I already knew.
He said I should go to the police.
It is my fault.
-I let you down.
-You shouldn't have run, Etienne.
I am so sorry.
You should have trusted me.
Not gonna take a punt on this one, but I reckon the wedding's still on.
I knew there was a reason you were a detective.
Certainly used to be.
It may not be Vice, but it still feels like a good day's work.
-Both of you.
It's our pleasure.
You fancy a drink? Just good colleagues and all that?
It's probably best we give it a miss, you know? Maybe another night.
Yeah. No problem. I understand.
I can't tonight anyway. MJ's just called.
She's ordered me to take part in this radio show she's doing.
She thinks they'll be interested in all my techie palaver.
-Sounds like she wants some support.
-Probably. She's really nervous.
I've always wanted to go on the radio. Can't wait!
So, after you've successfully reunited a missing person with their loved ones,
does your department have any more involvement with the family?
No. We're just charged with locating the missing person.
However, there are support groups and charities we can refer people to if they need help.
What if the person who you found doesn't want any contact with their friends and family?
If they're an adult, there's nothing we can do.
We can let them know that they're being looked for, and then we can
let the person who reported them missing know that they're OK.
Thank you, DS Croft.
After the break, we'll be straight back with your calls. So, tell us.
Have you got any questions on what the Missing Persons Unit do?
Or perhaps you'd like to find out more about the technical side of the investigations from Amy.
Or perhaps there's somebody you'd like to find, and you need some advice.
We'll be right back with your calls.
How many callers have we got?
-Great(!) Well, hopefully they'll start phoning in soon.
Hey. You were brilliant.
Maybe we should swap!
Going back on air.
It looks as though all you folks are still watching the match!
So, Amy, how big a part do computers play in these investigations?
Well, there's the ANPR,
which is the automatic number plate reader.
And the AVLS,
which is the automatic vehicle location system.
Er, and there's, um...
DS Croft, um...
..I know that you've got some personal experience regarding a missing person yourself.
I'm not sure the listeners are interested in any of that.
Well, it's a fascinating story, the head of the Missing Persons Unit with a missing relative herself.
My sister ran away a few years ago.
She was missing for a while, yeah.
It must have given you a hidden insight into the emotions of those left behind.
No, not really.
I like to keep my personal life and my work life totally separate.
But surely you can empathise more, having been through it yourself?
I suppose so.
She was very young when she ran away, 17?
We lost our mother when she was young and I looked after her.
So she just went missing and she went abroad?
I didn't know that at the time.
I tracked her to France.
But you spent the better part of a year searching for her.
All that uncertainty must have been hard.
Could you tell us why Ellen ran away?
I know it's hard.
Ellen was living in a squat and it burnt down.
She was...presumed dead, is that right?
They told me she died in a fire, yes.
Thank you, DS Croft.
I know it couldn't have been easy talking about it.
But hopefully, your honesty will inspire my listeners to be brave about their own experiences.
What the hell do you think you're doing!?
I'm sorry, MJ. I didn't know what to ask. It just came out.
It was emotional. It was brilliant.
-You had no right, Danny!
-But it worked, MJ!
-It could help somebody.
-My personal life's not entertainment!
Maybe I pushed it a bit too far, but I think you're over-reacting.
You're out of order, Danny.
MJ, look, I'm sorry!
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Pauline Quirke stars in Missing, a five-part drama for BBC Daytime, set in a busy Missing Persons Unit. Pauline plays DS Mary Jane Croft, a charismatic detective who runs the under-resourced unit.
When an autistic teenager is discovered wandering lost at the side of the road, DS MJ Croft assumes he is a missing person. However, she soon realises that it is the boy's mother who has disappeared, and becomes increasingly worried for her safety.
DC Jason Doyle and Amy Garnett deal with Jan, a young woman whose fiance has disappeared in what seem like suspiciously fraudulent circumstances. And MJ is shocked when her friend, radio DJ Danny, asks her on air about her sister, Ellen, who went missing over ten years ago.