15 year old Arthur Heeler-Frood and his parents have released statements following their reunion yesterday, Tuesday 15th November
Arthur went missing after leaving his family home in Axminster on the morning of Tuesday 6th September and failed to turn up at school.
Arthur was found safe and well in Honiton yesterday after a member of the public spotted him on a train.
Arthur Heeler-Frood’s parents and Arthur himself have this morning (Tuesday 16th November 2016) issued statements now that they have been reunited.
Arthur said: “I have spent the last 10 weeks exploring London, Birmingham and Manchester by foot, sleeping rough at night.
“I am very grateful to everyone who has helped my family in trying to ensure my safe return. I apologise to the police for the time they spent looking for me and for the worry I have caused family and friends.”
Jeremy and Caroline Heller-Frood said: “We are overjoyed to have Arthur home with us again; tired, grubby and rather smelly but otherwise none the worse for his experiences. We feel extremely lucky that he is safe and sound
“Many thanks to Devon and Cornwall Police for their professionalism and their tireless search for Arthur. Thank you also to the media for their help in raising awareness of his disappearance and our deep gratitude to all our friends and family who have supported us through this difficult time.
“We now wish to spend some time in private with Arthur to settle him back home and to make some plans for his future.”