A devoted son from Leeds has vowed to redouble his efforts to solve the mystery of his mum’s disappearance and possible murder.
Jason Whitehead’s mum, Wendy, went missing shortly after leaving the UK to start a new life in Holland in 2001.
Local police believe she was killed by her British boyfriend, Steve Oldman, who committed suicide in 2003.
Jason, 37, from Armley, has never given up hope of learning the truth about the disappearance and even appeared on Dutch TV appealing for information on the case.
Four years ago, however, his search for answers stalled when he fell seriously ill.
He was also dealt a shattering blow last year by the death of his grandfather, Wendy’s dad.
Now, though, he is ready to pick up the trail again and keep a promise to his late granddad, John Allison, to find out what happened to their lost loved one.
Jason, who is still suffering after-effects from his illness, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “My granddad always said he just wished he could bring her back.
“I might not be able to do that, but I want to honour his memory by doing as much as I can to end all the questions.
“Somebody, somewhere must have answers. If you know something please get in touch with the authorities.”
Jason also said he wanted to put an end to the uncertainty over Wendy’s fate for the sake of his sisters, Donna Best and Gemma Whitehead.
Wendy, who would now be 55, was born in Hull but spent many years living in Leeds before moving to Hilversum, near Amsterdam.
She was last heard of on Boxing Day 2001, when she rang her family to say she was planning to break up with boyfriend Mr Oldman, who was then aged 46. He was arrested by Dutch police following her disappearance but no charges were ever brought against him.
Mr Oldman’s body was discovered in 2003 in Essex in a car with a length of hosepipe attached to its exhaust.