The heartbroken mum of a Corby man who has been missing for more than two years died of cancer without finding out what happened to her son.
Justin Mathis, who was born and brought up in Corby, went missing from his home in Conwy, North Wales, in February 2011.
His mum Patricia, of Uist Walk, in the town, who never gave up hope that she would see him again, died in May, aged 54, of cancer.
Justin’s sister Vicky, of Culloden Court, Corby, said: “She never had closure.
“She always spoke about him and a few weeks before she died we were looking at CCTV film of Justin which the police had given us.
“She loved to reminisce about him.”
Patricia was diagnosed with cancer in January and died at home on May 23.
Just six weeks earlier her cousin Anita Donnelly also died of cancer, aged just 52.
Now Vicky and Anita’s daughter Kelly have organised a benefit dance in memory of their mothers to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Cransley Hospice.
It is being held at the Ex-servicemen’s Club, in Lloyds Road, Corby, on Saturday, October 26.
Justin was last seen near the Lifeboat station on Conwy Quay.
Following the disappearance of the pub landlord, who ran the Bridge Inn, Conwy, police combed the coastline and the coastguard and RNLI were drafted in to carry out underwater searches.
A boot similar to the ones worn by Justin was later found on the coastline of the Conwy Estuary.
For weeks after Justin’s disappearance Vicky, her mum and dad Kenny stayed in Conwy hoping against hope that he would be found.
Vicky said: “Last week it would have been Justin’s 31st birthday, so the family all went to Mablethorpe where we had so many happy memories.
“The last time we were there was for mum’s 50th birthday and Justin had organised the holiday.
“We’re hoping that people will support the benefit dance so that one day other patients with cancer won’t have to suffer like my mum and Anita.”
Tickets for the dance are £5 each.
They can be obtained by calling 07808 154752, 01536 233401 or 07450 449281.
There will also be a raffle on the night and any company or individual who would like to donate a prize is asked to call the telephone numbers above.
Patricia also leaves a daughter, Kelly, and sons Wesley and Vincent.