Update, December 2016: Boy who vanished 30 years ago was murdered, say police
LONDON — Kevin Hicks was a typical teenager who loved remote-controlled cars and pop music. On March 2nd, 1986, he left his home on Sissinghurst Road in Croyden at 8:40 p.m. to buy some eggs for a cookery exam the next day, taking only £1. Lower Addiscombe Road’s 7-Eleven was just a few blocks from his home.
Derek Hicks, Kevin’s father, returned home from an emergency at work around 9:00 p.m. When Kevin still was not back at 11 p.m., he drove around looking for him.
His father said that if he were going to be late, he’d always call home. When Kevin didn’t call that night, Hicks started calling Kevin’s friends. When that failed, he called the police.
No trace of Kevin has ever been found, nor have there been any sightings of him. His sister, Alex Hicks, believes that Kevin may be alive.
In a 2006 interview, she said, “I believe he’s out there, although I don’t believe he’s in this country.
“I’ve had this feeling that he joined the Army or Navy at some stage – it was a lot easier to get into back then.
“I can’t explain why I have that feeling, but it’s a job that would have suited him.”
She also believes that Kevin may have been at her mother’s funeral in 1994.
“At my mum’s funeral, myself and my dad counted the flowers. The following day we counted them again, and there was an extra bunch.
“Kevin could have been there and nobody would have known.”
Derek Hicks died in 2003.
At the time Kevin disappeared, family life was good. There were no arguments, and Kevin had not been acting out of the ordinary. Everything seemed normal.
Alex Hicks maintains a Facebook page for her brother in hopes of reuniting with him one day. Now 41, she has two children of her own.
Anyone with any information about Kevin can call the National Missing Persons Helpline on Freephone at 0500 700 700.
Last updated March 2023