James Bubear, a 19-year-old student of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, went missing on Sunday 13 March. His story has slipped quickly from the news agenda. He has not been found.
Now the students are organising a march, Facebook pages, and more, to raise awareness and rally media support. They say: Please help us find James!
Bristol NUJ is glad to support their campaign.
by Kelly Sorbie, Bournemouth Daily Echo and Bath Spa graduate
Concerned Bath Spa University students and friends are rallying media support in the fight to find missing student James Bubear after concerns his story may be fading out of the public eye.
Students and friends of James have been handing out flyers around the town in hope of sparking new information, and a Facebook group set up by Dae Thomas, a family friend, has already amassed over 4,000 members.
The group is convinced something has happened to James and want to continue the search in any way they can.
A march is being held on Saturday 26th March at 3pm covering the route James is believed to have taken home that night from Revolution Bar through Bath town centre to his halls at Waterside Court on Lower Bristol Road.
James’ sister Hannah and other family members will be attending.
Students will be carrying signs, banners and flyers and using face-paints to recreate the distinctive fancy dress make-up James was wearing on the night he disappeared.
They hope that the media will come to the event, organised by fellow students Siegfried Baber and James’ flatmate Eleanor Emery, and that it will raise awareness for James.
James’ flatmates and friends have been at the forefront of organising actions to find him.
The 19-year-old creative writing student from Llandrindod in Wales went missing on Sunday, March 13th after attending a fancy dress party with friends at the Revolution Bar on George Street, Bath.
He was last seen leaving Revolution at around 10.30pm that evening and walking alone up St James’ Road West near the Odeon Cinema.
Police are still appealing for the young woman seen speaking to James at around 11pm, opposite Green Park Tavern to come forward.
Police divers have searched the River Avon, but have found no trace of James. His mobile phone and passport were found by a street cleaner in a nearby doorway, the morning after he vanished.
James’ flatmates and family are anxious for any news. The boy’s father Andre and 23 year-old sister Hannah spent yesterday in town, talking to his friends and aiding police enquiries.
James’ other sister Amy has explained that while there have been no updates in the case and no new leads to follow, they are not giving up hope:
“ As a family we’re staying close and supporting each other, trying to keep positive. We are amazed by the support from people and can’t thank everyone enough for their continuous support and hard work, the wider this spreads and the more people who know the better.”
Amy described her brother as a clever boy, who was funny and easy to get along with and who loved being with his friends.
Fran Bradshaw, one of James’ close friends agrees: “James is the most loyal, funny and sweetest guy out there. He’d never leave without saying goodbye and I miss him so much, as does everyone who knows him. I hear people on the bus talking about him like he was just a drunken teenager, but really, he’s so much more than that. He’s my best friend.”
James’ flatmate Charlotte Pilbeam is equally upset: “We all just want James to come home really, every day we just hope that we hear some good news.”
For further information please go to the facebook websites http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Find-James-Bubear, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118494448227710
and use the twitter hashtags #helpfindjames and #march4bubear.
For the Avon and Somerset Constabulary page with details of the case, click here