Family of missing Doncaster man John Bowkett issue renewed appeal 30 years after he disappeared

The family of a Doncaster man who has been missing for nearly 30 years have issued a renewed appeal ahead of the anniversary.

By Robert Cumber
Sunday, 24th April 2022, 2:42 pm
Updated Monday, 25th April 2022, 12:24 pm

John Bowkett was 37 when the father-of-three, from Welfare Road in Woodlands, disappeared on July 12, 1992.

His bank account has not been used since and his family say ‘foul play is suspected’.

John’s sister, Joy Bowkett, said: “We, John’s family, have not seen or heard anything from him since he disappeared. Foul play is suspected and we believe someone knows what happened to our brother. We hope that one day we can bring him home where he belongs.

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Dad-of-three John Bowkett went missing from Doncaster in 1992. His sister, Joy, has issued a renewed appeal for information ahead of the 30th anniversary of his disappearance

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“Since John has gone, we have lost our mum and dad, plus a brother and sister have passed, all without knowing what happened to him.

“I will never give up, somebody knows something, we just need to know where he is. Then the person who passes on information can carry on living the rest of their lives like they have done for the last 30 years.

“John has still got a very large family including three of his own children, grandchildren, two sisters, five brothers, nephews and nieces. He is a much-loved and missed uncle, dad, grandad and friend to many.”

Dad-of-three John Bowkett was 37 when he went missing from his home in Doncaster. His family have appealed again for information as the 30th anniversary of his disappearance approaches

John is described as being about 5ft 10in and of medium build, with blue eyes. He had brown collar-length hair and a moustache at the time of his disappearance, and has a scar on one of the fingers on his right hand.

He worked at Brodsworth Colliery and became known locally for fixing fridges after the pit closed.

John had two children with his first wife before they separated, and she later died suddenly. He remarried and had a daughter, who was only two years old when he vanished unexpectedly.

Following his disappearance there were reported sightings at a pub in Whitley Bay and a tram stop near Crystal Peaks in Sheffield, but these were never corroborated.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, free and anonymously, on ‪0800 555 111.

Alternatively, you can phone or text Missing People on 116 000, or email [email protected], quoting reference ‪93-000035.