'Devastated' mum's plea as young man vanishes after falling into river

Jake Jones, from Sedbury, in West Gloucestershire, disappeared after falling into the River Wye, in Chepstow
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A distraught mother has issued an emotional appeal for information after her 20-year-old son vanished after falling into the River Wye, in Chepstow. Jake Jones, from Sedbury, in the Forest of Dean, has not been seen since he entered the water and failed to resurface on the evening of Monday, May 20.

Gloucestershire Police were called at 6.35pm on Monday following a report that the young man had disappeared in the River Wye. Emergency services, including the coastguard and Severn Area Rescue Association, attended and searches have continued on foot and in the water over recent days.

Appealing to those who may have information, Jake's mother Louise Jones said: "As a family we would like to confirm that Jake Jones, aged 20 years and from Sedbury is currently missing. Jake was last seen in the River Wye on Monday at around 6pm.

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"Unfortunately Jake has still not been found. We are devastated and heartbroken and we are asking everyone to be vigilant and keep a look out for our boy. We would like to thank all the emergency services for their ongoing support."

Investigating officers would like to hear from anyone who was in the area between 5pm and 6.30pm on Monday and who may have information which could assist them. They are also particularly keen to hear from anyone who was on a boat or saw a boat during this time.

Anyone with information who has not yet spoken to police is asked to come forward. Information can be provided to police online by completing the online form and quoting incident 351 of 20 May. You can also call police on 101 and quote the same incident number.