Fresh appeal to find Wellingborough woman who went missing 28 years ago

“I don’t have a clue what happened to Jaime but I will never give up hope that I will see her again"

Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 3:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 3:28 pm

Jaime Ann Cheesman was just 16 when she was reported missing in November 1993 but despite extensive enquiries and numerous reported sightings, she has never been found.

Sadly, her mum Barbara passed away without ever knowing what happened to her daughter but today (Tuesday) her dad Eric, 78, is making a fresh appeal for help in tracing her on what would have been her 43rd birthday.

Eric is desperate to trace his daughter who grew up in Wellingborough and where there have been several possible sightings since she went missing.

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Jaime Cheesman, who grew up in Wellingborough, when she was 14
Jaime Cheesman, who grew up in Wellingborough, when she was 14

He said: “It’s been a long time but I am still hopeful. I do really miss her – like any dad would. I just want my daughter home.

“I don’t have a clue what happened to Jaime but I will never give up hope that I will see her again.

"I am confident she will be back home one day.

“I know she had a lot of friends in Grimsby, so I’m hoping that someone who knew them all may be able to help us.”

Jaime Cheesman circa 1992

Detective Sergeant Sam Cunnington, who is now leading the investigation, said: “Due to the length of time Jaime has been missing, this is a very complex and difficult investigation.

“We have no CCTV, mobile phones or social media to assist us and many witnesses can’t remember accurate times and dates for when they may have seen her.

“However, we will not give up hope of finding her. I hope she is living a safe and prosperous life somewhere.

“Jaime, if you’re reading this, please get in touch with me or your dad to let us know you’re okay.

How Jaime could look now

"You may not want to come home and that’s fine but we need to know that you’re safe.”

Humberside Police has been involved in the search for Jaime for the past five years after taking over from Northamptonshire Police.

DS Cunnington added: “Although she was brought up in Westminster Road, in Wellingborough, Jaime spent a lot of time in Grimsby where her best friend Joanne had family links.

“In the early 90s, Joanne’s parents – Clive and Valerie - secured a council house in Comber Place and the family moved to the area.

“They moved back to Wellingborough in 1993 but in November of that year Jaime returned to Grimsby with Clive and Joanne’s boyfriend Peter to tie up some loose ends.

“She and Peter stayed at Comber Place but we are told she stormed out following an argument over some CDs but when she didn’t come back or return to Wellingborough, she was reported missing.

“To our knowledge, she has not made contact with any of her friends or family since then and has not used her name or personal details to register anywhere in the UK.

“Since taking over the case, we have carried out a forensic examination of the – now demolished – property at Comber Place and have gone over more than 500 of Jaime’s letters, diaries and notes.

“From those, we have put together a list of the names of those she was closest to and our hope is that by sharing them today someone may be able to provide a link to other friends she may have been in contact with.”

Jaime spent a lot of time in Grimsby with Joanne and her brother Darren, as well as their cousins Sally, Christine and Lucy who were in Wellingborough.

They also had a friend Nelson who lived at the Irthlingborough Travellers site.

She made several other friends in Grimsby including Joanne's other cousin Robert and neighbours Peter, Charlie, Mick, Jodie, Linda and Colleen.

From Jaime's diaries and letters she was also in contact and wrote letters to Kenny, David, Jess, Anthony, Ben, Darren, Frances, Matthew, Pauline, Dale, Gaz and Vicky.

A timeline of the investigation into Jaime's disappearance includes several possible sightings in Wellingborough.

In January 1994, a security guard in Wellingborough's shopping centre believes he chatted to Jaime, not realising she was a missing person.

In 1996, one of Eric's friends believes he saw Jaime leaving the Leather Bottle pub in Wellingborough with two friends.

He called out to the woman but she laughed and ran off.

And in 2004, Eric saw someone who may have been Jaime walking through Wellingborough market but he didn't call out to her as he was afraid she would run away.

If you remember Jaime, if you’re one of the people named in the list of friends and haven’t yet spoken to the police, or you have information you think could help find her, the police are urging you to get in touch with them on 101 or by emailing [email protected]

You can also call or text 116000 to speak with Missing People anonymously.

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