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‘We’re worried about you’ – niece makes an appeal for her uncle to return home

Uncle, please come back home, I’m worried about you.”

That was Stephanie Stewart’ appeal – the niece of Tom Stewart who escaped from Mount Carmel Hospital and who till today, more than three years later, is still missing. In a video clip sent exclusively to tvm.com.mt, Stephanie urged her uncle to return home. She told him to make contact with her immediately, if possible, because all the family were worried.

Stewart went missing in Malta on the 20th May 2016. His niece Stephanie, contacted this site and told her that in recent days she received information to the effect that her uncle might have been seen in Marsascala.

Stephanie explained how Tom and his wife Phyllis came to Malta to retire here in 2015. They went to live in Attard and everything was going well until works in their residence were problematic and this caused great stress to Tom. He was given anti anxiety pills which he refused and he voluntarily checked himself into Mount Carmel for a check-up. This proved a bitter pill so much so that when he told the on duty nurse that he wanted to go home, he was told that he could not. This was a mistake, according to his niece, since he should not have been detained.

In the panic that seized him after being told this, he told his wife that he was going for a walk in the hospital garden. He grabbed the chance to climb over a wall and escaped. Since then nobody knows what became of him.

She thinks that he is probably afraid that he will be sent back to the hospital if he returns home and assures him that this is not the case.

His niece told us that a number of people made contact with the family saying that they saw Tom, who is easily recognisable on account of his height. He was seen in the vicinity of Marsascala, Ħal Lija, Attard, Qormi, and even near the airport. The most detailed sighting came from a woman who said she saw him more than once in Marsascala, even buying from shops.

She explained that Tom suffers from diabetes and if this is not controlled he could become disorientated and won’t know what is going on.

Filmat: Stephanie Stewart

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