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Parents' plea to find Jonathan Dolton's body

Parents of a missing Buckinghamshire man have appealed for information to find his body following the death of his killer.

Jonathan Dolton was 21 when he disappeared from his home in Park Road, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, on 25 February 2002.

Stuart Martin, 42, of Milton Keynes, was convicted in December 2004 of the manslaughter of Mr Dolton.

Martin recently died and Mr Dolton's parents want to find their son's body.

Martin, who worked with Mr Dolton at Extreme PCs in Milton Keynes, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

Within 24 hours of Mr Dolton's disappearance, Martin had fled the country, catching a ferry to France.

Days later, he flew from Paris to Brisbane, Australia, where he moved around from state to state for nearly two years.

Mr Dolton's parents, Sheila and Alan, from Oxford, asked anyone who may know where their son's body is to come forward.

They said in a statement: "We have been told that the man who killed our son is now dead.

"We have lived with this nightmare for over eight years, not knowing what happened to our son and we have never been able to grieve properly.

"We have got so far but can go no further. We don't have any closure and it's difficult to move on with our lives this way."

"We feel like we are letting our son down by not finding him.

Image caption Jonathan Dolton worked with the man who went on to kill him

"He is still out there somewhere. All we want is to bring him home, so he is back with the people that love him, not lying alone somewhere in a cold, unmarked grave. Our son deserves better than this.

"And we want more than anything for someone to tell us where our son could be. We just feel we can't leave this search for the next generation of our family."

They described their son as "a quiet, good-humoured boy with a sense of fun" who had been "exceptionally talented" with computers.

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