The mother of baby Ames Glover who went missing from Southall 19 years ago today says she still lives in hope of finding her son.
Detectives are renewing appeals for information in one of the longest running abduction cases in the country that has involved several police departments, trips to Ghana and a £10,000 reward - all to no avail.
On the evening of February 5, 1990, Paul Glover left his five-month-old son Ames on the back seat of his locked blue Ford Sierra (registration CLP 655Y) in South Road, Southall, for 20 minutes while he went to get cash from Lloyds and pick up takeaway from Kwality curry house. Whe he returned, little Ames - dressed in a blue and yellow coat, light green baby grow, with blue and yellow hat and blue bootees - had gone.
Ames mother, Shanika Ondaatjie, said: "Although I have tried to move on, there will always be a part of me that cannot. I need to know what happened to Ames and I know someone has that nugget of information that would help the police, I would ask them to come forward. I don't care if it's good or bad, I just need to know.
"Sometimes I see young boys in the street and can't help but wonder if one of them is Ames. He would be twenty years old this year and I have lived in the hope that one day I will find out where he is or what became of him."
Detective Sergeant Peter Birdsall, Specialist Crime Directorate, said: "Ames Glover has been missing for nineteen years. Shanika, Ames's mother, has spent all these years not knowing what happened to him.
"It is our greatest desire to provide her with the knowledge of what happend to her son and to bring those responsible for his abduction to justice.
"I am convinced someone knows where he is or what happened to him; it has been a long time and allegiances will have changed and I hope that the passage of time and the offer of a £10,000 reward may encourage them to come forward. I would also appeal to their consciences and think of the agony Shanika has been going through."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Incident Room on 020 7230 5311 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.