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Family of Kane Johnson issue emotional appeal to find out what happened to their son

Kane Johnson has left behind two sisters and a brother 

The family of a drama student from Dagenham has appealed for information after his body was recovered from the River Thames in central London. 

Kane Johnson, 18, went missing from his home in Dagenham on Wednesday, 10 April 2019.

His body was pulled from the water near Lambeth Bridge 11 days later on Easter Sunday. His death is being treated as unexplained.

Police say there is nothing to indicate the circumstances are suspicious but there are no indications about how or why Kane ended up at Lambeth Bridge.

His mother, Hayley Johnson, described Kane as a quiet boy who loved his dog and was very protective of his younger sister.

“He was very comfortable in own skin, very aware of who he was and comfortable with that,” she told Time 107.5. 

Dean, his stepdad, knew him since he was three-years-old and said they got on very well.

“He was just coming out of his shell over the last two years. Me and him would have a lot of fun together and laugh as we’re both boys. It’s just unbelievable what has happened.”  

Kane was last seen in Longbridge Road

Kane was last seen outside Longbridge Food and Wine shop in Longbridge Road, Barking. He was spotted talking to a white man.

Detectives believe Kane then boarded a Route N15 bus heading towards central London. They believe he got on at around 12.37am on Thursday, 11 April from the Bennetts Castle Lane bus stop in Longbridge Road. 

It was approaching Kane’s birthday when he went missing and Hayley knew something was wrong: 

“It was very unusual for Kane to be out as long as he was. There was a big red flag when he wasn’t answering calls and Whatsapp messages weren’t going through. 

“At that point, we knew something was very wrong but I still assumed Kane would be at one of his friends’ houses. 

“When he wasn’t, that was a major moment because I knew something was very very wrong.”

Kane has two sisters and an older brother.

“It’s very hard to mourn when you don’t know what’s happened,” Hayley said. “We really need closure and not knowing has left us in limbo. It’s really not a nice place to be in. I want to move on and put closure on my son’s death and to be able to grieve.

“As a family, to not know what has happened to your child is extremely difficult. It has affected the entire family, not just his brothers and sisters but my brothers and sisters as well. 

“If anyone feels they know anything, no matter how small or insignificant, if they would please contact police we would be really grateful for any help.” 

Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Fiona Robinson on 07741 686 981 or email: Fiona.Robinson@met.police.uk.

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