Teenager declared missing as child after mum took him 6 years ago when she wants to take him to Finland – Magazine Creations

A 17-year-old British man was found safe in France this week, six years after his mother took him and recently ran away from her because she wanted to take them to Finland, a report said.

In 2017, Alex Batty went on a two-week trip to Spain with his grandfather and mother Melanie Batty – who did not have legal custody of him and allegedly kidnapped him – but the trio failed to return to the UK she the season.

Alex said that after going off the grid, they moved around constantly, including living in Morocco and the French Pyrenees, which are known for people seeking alternative lifestyles, with a group of about 10 “spiritual” people.

Alex said he eventually left his mother because he wanted to return to his life in the UK, BBC News reported.


An image of Alex Batty before he went missing. (Greater Manchester Police)

His grandmother, Susan Caruana, allowed the boy to go on a two-week trip to Spain with his mother and grandfather in 2017, but when they did not return home, she raised the alarm, fearing he had been kidnapped.

In interviews at the time, Caruana said she believed her daughter and ex-husband had taken the boy abroad to live an “alternative lifestyle” and that they did not want him to go to “normal school”.

Alex, who was 11 when he first went missing, was found in southwestern France on Wednesday by a delivery driver and is expected to return to his family in the UK by Sunday, the BBC reported.

A police photo of Melanie Batty, left, and Alex Batty, right.

A police photo of Melanie Batty, left, and Alex Batty, right. (Greater Manchester Police)

Alex reportedly told French officials he had no formal education while traveling with his mother.

His mother’s whereabouts are still unknown, while his grandfather is believed to have died six months ago.

His family in the UK are “hugely relieved” and very emotional about Batty’s rescue, Greater Manchester Police said.

“I think I speak for the whole of Greater Manchester Police when I say that we were relieved and delighted to hear from the French authorities that they believe Alex Batty has been located safe and well, more than 6 years after he disappeared.” Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes said in a statement. “This is a huge moment for Alex, for his family and for the community in Oldham.”

Sykes said while his grandmother is positive it is him, there will be further checks when he returns to the UK

A map showing Bouloc-en-Quercy, located in the Occitanie region of southern France

Alex Batty, 17, was found alone on Wednesday in southern France. (Google Maps)

His grandmother said in a statement released by police: “I can’t begin to express how relieved and happy I am that Alex is safe and well. I spoke to him last night and it was so good to hear his voice and I saw his face again I look forward to seeing him when we meet again.’


She added, “The main thing is that he is safe, after what would be an overwhelming experience for anyone, let alone a child. I would ask that our family be given privacy as we welcome Alex back so that we can this process as comforting as possible.”

Toulouse assistant public prosecutor Antoine Leroy told reporters, according to the BBC, “When his mother indicated that she was going to run away with him to Finland, this young man knew that this had to stop” and it was time “to take his life back. in the UK”

Leroy said Alex walked at night and slept during the day for four days after he left his mother until he met a delivery man who offered him a ride.


After the driver let Alex use his phone, the BBC reported that he called his grandmother and said: “Hi grandma, it’s me Alex. I’m in France — Toulouse. I really hope you get this message. I love you , I want to come home.”

Fox News Digital has contacted Greater Manchester Police for further comment.


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