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‘Just don’t be frightened’: Dad of missing Sophie makes heart-wrenching appeal for her to come home

PUBLISHED: 08:45 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 29 December 2017

The search for missing girl Sophie Smith continues. Her family appeal for her safe return. Left to right, Rebecca Russell (aunt), Martin Knowles (father) and Sarah Knowles (sister). Photo: Antony Kelly/Norfolk Police

The search for missing girl Sophie Smith continues. Her family appeal for her safe return. Left to right, Rebecca Russell (aunt), Martin Knowles (father) and Sarah Knowles (sister). Photo: Antony Kelly/Norfolk Police

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Sophie Smith’s dad Martin Knowles said his 21-year-old daughter’s disappearance in the middle of the night between Christmas Day and Boxing Day had left him devastated and not knowing what to do.

The search for missing girl Sophie Smith continues. Her family appeal for her safe return. Left to right, Rebecca Russell (aunt), Martin Knowles (father) and Sarah Knowles (sister). Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe search for missing girl Sophie Smith continues. Her family appeal for her safe return. Left to right, Rebecca Russell (aunt), Martin Knowles (father) and Sarah Knowles (sister). Picture: ANTONY KELLY

He added: “I would just like to say to Sophie if you’re listening to this or watching this video just come home.

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“We just all want you back. Your mum loves you, I love you, your sister Sarah loves you, your aunty, all your friends at UEA and here in Gorleston we all love you.

“Just don’t be frightened. We all want you back with open arms and just love you so much.

“Please Sophie, just come back.”

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Mr Knowles was supported by his daughter Sarah and Sophie’s aunt Rebecca Russell as he made the appeal.

Sophie’s family have led the search efforts since she vanished, along with the emergency services, friends and volunteers.

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