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Man tries to find ex-girlfriend to leave her his life savings

PUBLISHED: 16:20 02 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:16 03 March 2020

Sid Johnson is looking for Lilias Morgan, who he met in the late 60s. Picture: Aberdeen Evening Express

Sid Johnson is looking for Lilias Morgan, who he met in the late 60s. Picture: Aberdeen Evening Express

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A lovelorn Norfolk man is desperately trying to trace an ex-girlfriend he last saw in 1973 – so he can leave her his life savings.

When they were a couple, Sid Johnson and Lilias Morgan would write letters to each other. Picture: Aberdeen Evening ExpressWhen they were a couple, Sid Johnson and Lilias Morgan would write letters to each other. Picture: Aberdeen Evening Express

Sid Johnson, 73, a former deep sea diver from Brooke, has arthritis and asbestosis and says his days are numbered.

He wants Lilias Morgan to have his five-figure savings, has hired private detectives to find her, and has been knocking on doors in her home city of Aberdeen.

Mr Johnson has already flown to Aberdeen in a bid to track down Lilias Morgan. Picture: Aberdeen Evening ExpressMr Johnson has already flown to Aberdeen in a bid to track down Lilias Morgan. Picture: Aberdeen Evening Express

He first met Mrs Morgan - maiden name Knox - in the late 60s when she was on holiday in Norfolk.

They hit it off and stayed in touch via letter and also went on trips together in England.

Sid Johnson, now 73, is on the hunt for his ex-girlfriend so he can leave her his life savings. Picture: Aberdeen Evening ExpressSid Johnson, now 73, is on the hunt for his ex-girlfriend so he can leave her his life savings. Picture: Aberdeen Evening Express

The long-distance relationship eventually ended, however, and she went on to marry a man called David Morgan.

He says all three remained friends and would visit him in Norfolk.

Lilias Knox went on the marry David Morgan - but the three of them remained friends. Picture: Aberdeen Evening ExpressLilias Knox went on the marry David Morgan - but the three of them remained friends. Picture: Aberdeen Evening Express

Mr Johnson says he wants to track them down before it's too late.

"I've got money in my bank that I don't want to donate to the cats' home. I'd rather it gets donated to someone else," he said.

Sid Johnson, 73, says he has hit an 'emotional brick wall' in his quest to find former girlfriend Lilias Morgan. Picture: Aberdeen Evening ExpressSid Johnson, 73, says he has hit an 'emotional brick wall' in his quest to find former girlfriend Lilias Morgan. Picture: Aberdeen Evening Express

He says Mrs Morgan used to live in the Summerhill and Ferryhill areas of Aberdeen.

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Mr Johnson has even hired private detectives to track down Mrs Morgan, without success.

He added: "My sole purpose is that my days are numbered. I live on my own in Norfolk but I want to find this little lass and David, her husband.

"Lilias used to come down and stay with me at my parents' house and we went on trips to Cambridge and the likes.

"What I would like, if they are still alive, is to meet them again but the problem is I have not contacted them since the early 70s and I want to put that right.

"I don't know how to find them, but to start with I have come up to Aberdeen to see if I can trace them.

"When she got married, there was no animosity between any of us but the last address I have for her was in Marine Place in Ferryhill.

"This is my holy grail. I've got to try to find her. I've hired two private investigators who could not find anything. Even trying to find her family would be great - although they would probably not know who I am."

Mr Johnson flew up to Aberdeen from Norwich in an attempt to track the family down and even went door-to-door in Marine Place to find out if any of the current residents had any leads.

Unfortunately, he could not find any trace of Mrs Morgan and he says he has now hit "an emotional brick wall".

He said: "It's the start of a long journey for me that hopefully leads to me finding them, but who knows.

"I would come back up to Aberdeen at the drop of a hat if they got in contact."

*Are you Mrs Morgan or do you know her? Email ruth.lawes@archant.co.uk or ring 01603 772326,


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