THE parents of missing Doncaster teenager Andrew Gosden have welcomed news his remains are not in the River Thames.
Pioneering sonar scanning technology has been used to scour the Thames in the hunt for Andrew, who vanished in 2007 aged 14.
Mum and dad Kevin and Glenys Gosden have not seen him since he left their home in Littlemoor Lane, Balby, and caught a train to London.
They have said the possibility of his body being in the river has been ruled out. It is believed to be the first time the underwater search method has been used in the hunt for a missing child, after so long.
Although the scan revealed the wreckage of a sunken boat and an upturned car, no human remains were discovered.
Mr Gosden said: “This does not resolve the ongoing question of where he might be, but we can take encouragement from the idea that he is more likely, perhaps, to be alive.”
Andrew was last seen on CCTV at Kings Cross.