'To us, Russell will always be aged 18': Bohling family's torment over missing son
THE family of missing student Russell Bohling are praying they do not have to go through another Christmas without knowing where he is.
Having endured the most difficult festive period of their lives, Russell's parents hope their son's body will be found.
DIFFICULT TIME: Roger and Christine Bohling, of West Ella. Picture: Peter Harbour
His dad Roger said: "We are so glad to get this period out of the way.
"We have reflected on the year gone by and feel there is nothing that could possibly be worse than 2010.
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"We just hope Russell's remains are found in 2011. That's all we really want.
"We would also hope to persuade the police to reinvestigate the case from the perspective of third party involvement.
"We really don't want to get to next year still not knowing anything."
Mr Bohling said his son's birthday – when Russell would have been 19 – was the hardest day. He said: "It has been a very difficult time.
"We didn't have any Christmas Day celebrations and his birthday on December 29 was even more difficult.
"We saw an automatic update on his Facebook page reminding him about his best friend Tom's birthday, which was around the same time.
"That was very distressing. It brought home to us that Russell will always be 18 years old."
That pain was compounded by his family not having anywhere they could go to mark his birthday.
Mr Bohling said: "Although his car was found at Bempton Cliffs we don't know if that was where he ended up.
"We had no place we could go to remember him."
Mum Christine admitted the Christmas period was tough.
She said: "We just had a quiet one, that's all we could do.
"Our other sons went to see their friends."
Russell left the family home in West Ella on March 2 last year for Bishop Burton College, where he was studying brick-laying.
He never returned and, the next day, his blue Renault Clio was found at Bempton Cliffs car park with a day's parking paid up.
At the height of the investigation, there was a core team of 12 officers searching for Russell, headed by a detective inspector.
But now, just one police constable is involved with no new evidence having come to light.
Mr Bohling also expressed his support for other families who have lost loved ones.
He said they had been wrapped up in their grief, but felt for the family of the murdered Bristol woman Jo Yeates.
He said: "To everyone who has lost a family member in tragic circumstances, we wish them well."