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Missing son, Philip David Nelms

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Charlotte Report 6 Sep 2013 20:35

I'm looking for my uncle, Philip David Nelms who was born in Cardiff in 1957 on November the 3rd. He left for work in the morning on the 21st of July 1978 to go to work where he was a betting shop manager in Splott. He never arrived in work, my nan, his mother, didn't know until 5 o'clock that day that he hadn't been to work. I have never met him but am searching with my nan, his mother, and am hoping for a positive response. Please get in touch if you can offer any more information. Thank you. He has been missing for so long, 35 years, and my nan is wondering if he can ever be found and if she will ever see him again.

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 6 Sep 2013 21:00

I assume there was a police investigation. What did they conclude regarding his disappearance? Any idea where he would have gone?


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Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 6 Sep 2013 21:06

There's only his birth showing I,m afraid


Charlotte Report 6 Sep 2013 22:29

Thank you for your replies. My nan notified the police and showed the police photographs, but they couldn't find him and then didn't investigate any further. He was over 18 when he left so I don't know if that made a difference. (He was 20 when he went missing). He played football for the Cardiff boys team, he had a passport and went abroad to Spain once to play football when he was 16. After he left, when his belongings were searched his passport was missing, so this could be an option. But as it was a real shock when he left, his mother doesn't know where he went. He was leaving 8 brothers behind so it seemed odd that he'd just go, but he didn't get on with his father (my nan's ex-husband) very much.


Reggie Report 6 Sep 2013 22:37

Unfortunately, if someone wishes to 'disappear', it isn't difficult to achieve.

He was legally an adult, so, unless there was evidence of foul play, the police would be limited in what they could do.

It's sad that he didn't just let his mother know that he was OK...........................


Charlotte Report 29 Sep 2013 17:24

Thank you for your message. Yes it's such a shame that his mother doesn't know if he's okay. I hope we'll be able to find out if he is. Thanks for your help.


patchem Report 15 Mar 2014 14:30


If you have any information about him, could you contact Charlotte more directly by clicking on her name and sending her a message.

She may not be reading these boards anymore.


PricklyHolly Report 15 Mar 2014 15:26

Hi Peter

I don't know how old Philip's Mother is..........but can you imagine how much it would mean to her, after all these years to find out that her son is safe and well.

I hope you can find it in your heart to contact Charlotte with any information that you have.

Prickles. :-)


JoonieCloonie Report 16 Mar 2014 01:58

if Charlotte does read the thread again ...

someone at this website has in their tree

'PHILP' Nelms 1976 Bristol

there was no such birth, that is for anything like that name around that year in that vicinity

I wonder whether the tree owner might have been guessing about the date ... could this perhaps be related to Philip, possibly a child registered under his mother's name ...

would fit

of course I too hope that Peter will contact Charlotte for her nan

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 16 Mar 2014 02:19

I sent a PM to Charlotte earlier but it hasn't been read yet.



FAIRTHORN Report 16 Mar 2014 11:50

Charlotte is on Facebook





Charlotte Report 16 Mar 2014 22:31

Hi all,

Thank you very much for your messages. I am very grateful for any information that you've been able to find. Yes, it would mean so much to find out that Philip is safe and well.

Thanks again everyone,



PricklyHolly Report 16 Mar 2014 23:07

Good luck with your mission Charlotte.

Prickles. x


Charlotte Report 20 Mar 2014 11:48

Hi everybody,

Thank you all for your help and information. Me and my nan, Philip's mother, are so thankful.



PricklyHolly Report 21 Mar 2014 07:15

I love a happy ending.



Kenneth Report 21 Mar 2014 10:24

Has there been a happy ending, has Charlotte had contact with Peter Radford and
received positive news about her uncle, I for one really hope so.