Missing Hull man Jay Cracknell contacts family
A MAN who went missing after suffering depression has contacted his family through the Salvation Army.
Jason Cracknell, known as Jay, had not been seen since September and friends launched a Facebook campaign to ask him to come home.
Although he had been tracked down some days later, police would not reveal Jay's whereabouts to his family, insisting it would be a breach of confidence.
Now, he has been in touch, having sought help from an emergency shelter.
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His partner Angie Craven, 46, said she was "relieved" to hear he is OK and is not pressuring him to return to west Hull immediately.
She said: "We don't know if he's in Hull because they couldn't disclose his location but the most important thing is he is safe, warm and well.
"He's not ready to speak but we gave him a message saying everything is OK and he has nothing to worry about at home.
"Jay had read the Hull Daily Mail and realised how worried we all were and I think it pulled at his heart strings.
"We are absolutely over the moon he is fine. There were a few issues and I think they mounted up over time.
"But we've sorted a lot out for him at home and now he will be able to come back in his own time."
Angie said she began a relationship with the self-employed joiner five years ago and the family are "incredibly close".
Along with those who love him dearly, she said the couple's cats have been acting strangely since he left.
She said: "They keep purring for him and he loves the cats to death.
"He'd kept everything bottled up, which isn't good. We want to let him know that there are people who care about him who can help.
"Anybody with the same problem should communicate with family or speak to a crisis team and professionals.
"There is help out there for people."
His father Neville, of Appleton Road in west Hull, said the family are still grieving for his wife Joyce, who passed away in January after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
He said: "I will never get over her death but people deal with it in different ways.
"We're glad Jay has a roof over his head and he's being fed and looked after but we want him to come to us soon.
"We're here to support him and it has upset us all not having him around.
"He has told those at the Salvation Army he will be in touch but he's not ready to speak to us directly yet.
"We're here for him and think the best place for Jay to be is at home."