The devastated parents of a missing architect broke down in tears as they said they fear she has been abducted.
David and Theresa Yeates sobbed as they acknowledged 25-year-old Joanna – missing since last Friday – could be being held against her will and begged for her to be returned safe and well.
Mr Yeates, 63, said: “I think she was abducted after getting home to her flat. I have no idea of the circumstances of the abduction because of what was left behind.”
The cream-coloured coat Miss Yeates had been wearing, her mobile phone and keys were found in her Bristol flat, and her father continued: “I feel sure she would not have gone out by herself, leaving all these things behind, and she was taken away somewhere.
“It’s cold and I’m thinking that if she’s out there by herself somewhere, frozen, it breaks me up. I long to hold her. I’ve got to believe she’s alive. She had so much life in her. If it turns out she isn’t alive, I still want her back and want to hold her whatever state she’s in.”
Miss Yeates has not been seen or heard from since Friday following a night out with work colleagues in Bristol.
Her boyfriend, Greg Reardon, 27, reported her missing on Sunday night after returning home to their flat in Canynge Road, Clifton, from a weekend away in Sheffield visiting family.
Detectives are investigating the possibility that Miss Yeates was abducted and said it is one of several lines of inquiry.
Sobbing and clutching her husband, Mrs Yeates, 58, said: “I miss being able to hold her and cuddle her and tell her everything’s all right. I just want her back. My little Jo – come back.
“Whoever has got her, don’t keep her. Give her back to us. Nobody can feel the pain we feel.”