Back in her mother’s arms: Emotional moment British teenager who went missing with Turkish waiter is REUNITED with her family
July 15, 2013
- Faye Jones, 16, of Northumberland, disappeared four days ago in Marmaris
- She was found with Murat Can Ertani, 22, today in a Turkish town
- Her sobbing mother Rhonda Jones, 39, asked: ‘Why? Do you love him?’
- The crying teenager replied: ‘I was just frightened of what he might do’
- Can faces kidnap charges and up to eight years in prison, police say
- Another British teen says Can also seduced her and she became pregnant
A British teenager who went missing with a Turkish waiter while on holiday has been found and reunited with her frantic mother.
Faye Jones, 16, was last seen four days ago getting into a car in the resort of Marmaris with Murat Can Ertani, 22.
But today police contacted her mother Rhonda Jones, 39, to say that she had been found with Can about an hour away from the resort.
As the pair embraced, a tearful Miss Jones asked her daughter: ‘Why did you do it Faye? Why? Do you love him?’
The sobbing teenager replied: ‘No I don’t love him. I was just frightened of what he might do.’
The pair were reunited at 3pm at a police station in Mugla and were taken into a room with a translator so Faye, who was sunburned and had insect bites and scratches on her legs, could give a detailed account of her four day ordeal.
An overcome Miss Jones fell to her knees when she received a phone call 90 minutes earlier to say her daughter had been found.
Hugging her sister Lisa Jones, 35, she said: ‘I’m both delighted and terrified. I have to see her. I have to know she’s ok – and what has happened to her.’
Can was arrested and faces charges of kidnap. Local police sources said he could face eight years in a Turkish jail.
Faye and Can were spotted by two Turkish police officers who drove past them as they walked along a road in Mugla, some 35 miles from Marmaris where she disappeared.
‘At first they did a double take but quickly realised it was missing Faye and they picked them up,’ said police chief Ergin Sicakdemir.
Today Faye’s cousin, Stacey Lithgow, 25, today said: ‘My sister sent me a text saying Faye has been found. I am going over to her house to speak to people in Turkey now.
‘I can’t explain how relieved I am. It is great news.’
A Facebook page, committed to finding the teenager, said: ‘It is with great pleasure I can say that Faye Jones has been found. Police have her but she has not yet been reunited with Rhonda. I would like to thank you all for your help and support during this time.’
Faye arrived in Marmaris on June 27 with her mother to visit her grandmother Jackie Armstrong, 68, as a reward after studying hard for her GCSE exams.
The teenager had met Can last year and had secretly kept in touch via Facebook and on Skype.
Faye’s mother banned her from seeing the barman last week after he erupted into a jealous rage during a night out. She said that Can had ordered Faye to stop dancing.