Shelley Pratt's grandmother resorts to psychic in desperate attempt to find missing South Norwood schoolgirl
THE grandmother of Shelley Pratt has resorted to using a psychic in a bid to find the missing schoolgirl.
Lisa Pratt, whose 14-year-old daughter Shelley went missing on November 8, has told the Advertiser how her mother-in-law is not coping well with the disappearance, and is so desperate for answers she contacted a medium for help.
The distraught mum said: "The whole family can't cope but my husband's mother is finding it very hard, she has been very affected by the whole thing.
"She spoke to a medium in Peckham just before the new year and she gave us a little information, which matches which I already thought.
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"Apparently she is with a 40-year-old man and he isn't letting her go. The medium said he has tied her up and he is abusing her. She also said he drives a gold car, but that's all."
Shelley, a student at Westwood Language College, lived with her family in South Norwood until her disappearance.
The schoolgirl has been described by her relatives as "a normal teenager", and they said her disappearance was completely unexpected.
Shelley was last seen on CCTV images walking down High Street, Croydon, on the night of her disappearance, November 9. She can be seen in the images walking with an unknown black man, whom police are keen to identify.
Mrs Pratt said: "Every day is getting harder. We've decided to leave the Christmas lights up until she returns, and then we can turn them on for her.
"I have a devil on one shoulder telling me this man will never let her go, but then on the other side I still think and hope she is going to walk through the front door."
Although there has been a nationwide appeal to find Shelley, Mrs Pratt said: "I feel the police could have been more supportive. I'm always the one chasing them for information.
"My friend thought they saw her in Catford. I told the police but they're only just looking at the CCTV now.
"It was a week ago, I don't think it's good enough."
If you have information on Shelley's whereabouts call the police incident room on 020 8721 4906.