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‘My husband has been missing 9 months – our boy calls out to him in his sleep’

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A heartbroken wife whose husband vanished nine months ago believes he’s still alive and has begged him to come home.

Joshua Jones was last seen in December when he told his family he was going to the pharmacy.

He later texted his wife, Talia, to say “I love you to the moon and back” before switching off his phone.

The couple's son, Luke, turned three this week and he still asks where his daddy is.

Talia, who lives in Matlock, Derbyshire, told the Daily Star: “I want Joshua to know I love him to the moon and back too.

“The door is always going to be open wide and our arms will always be open and my heart is going to stay open for him forever.

“I just want him to know it will never be too late to come home."

Talia said she still dreams of her husband, who worked as a binman, and is refusing to give up hope that he’s safe.

She added: “I still leave notes on the kitchen window when I go to the shop to tell him where I’ve gone and that I will be back soon, just in case he returns and I’m not there.

“And every time I go to bed I leave a note out saying we are in bed but ask him to knock and I will come down. I leave a night light on for him as well.

“I still email him at least daily too. I give him little snippets of our lives."

Joshua was last seen in Sainsbury’s in Matlock at 12.29pm on December 12.

He was wearing blue jeans and a grey Superdry coat with lighter grey sleeves while the hood was bright green on the inside.

Joshua, who has since turned 30, is described as being 6ft, of slim build and has blue eyes and brown hair.

Talia previously revealed the pair had argued on the day he disappeared.

His car had broken down the day before and the pair still hadn’t sorted Christmas presents out or gathered enough cash for the big food shop.

She said at the time: “He texted me hours after he left to say it wasn’t my fault and he loved Luke, the girls and he loved me to the moon and back.”

But Talia, who also has two daughters from a previous relationship, said she had to celebrate Luke’s third birthday alone this week.

She said: “I felt like having a meltdown but I couldn’t.

“I had to stay strong and keep it together for Luke’s sake. The night before I had a little cry before bed.

“Well, it wasn’t a little cry, I was sobbing, but you have to let that emotion out or you will drive yourself crazy.

“Josh and I bought Luke a big truck and some car toys together but it was a shame he wasn’t there to see our son really enjoy playing with them.

"He has missed some really important things like birthdays and our wedding anniversary and that makes me so sad."

Talia said Luke still has his dad on his mind.

She added: “He calls out for him in his sleep and he will see a binman walk past the house and he will recognise the uniform and you see his little brain thinking that it looks like his dad.

“He still points to pictures and says ‘dad’.”

Talia said she is desperate for Joshua to let someone know that he is OK.

It is now coming up to one year since he went missing but Talia remains convinced her husband is still alive.

She said: “He could be anywhere now, nine months is a long time.

“He has probably gone somewhere where nobody knows him. It is Joshua’s decision what he does and I respect that but I just want him to know how much he is loved and missed.”

After his disappearance, the family set up a fundraiser to raise reward money for somebody to come forward with information.

Talia said the charity Missing People has been invaluable and she now attends their weekly Zoom meetings with other relatives of people who have vanished.

She added: “Missing People have gone above and beyond and I wouldn’t have survived had it not been for the support of them.

“Now I have to keep going for my kids. I just hope Josh rocks up one day and asks me to pop on the kettle and to make him a nice cup of tea.”

Police asked anyone with information to call 101, quoting the reference 518 of December 12.

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