The parents of the 12-year-old British boy, who disappeared whilst out cycling during a storm on holiday in France, have admitted they will now have to wait for his body to turn up. An active search - which has been on-going, since Pierre Barnes vanished last Saturday - has been called off.
150 or so people had joined emergency services and specialist Search & Rescue divers to scour for the youngster on the French island of Porquerolles, near Toulon. Pierre and the rest of his family had not long arrived on the island to enjoying half-time break there.
Rescuers did manage to find Pierre’s bike with a broken chain and one of his shoes. In a statement his father, Stephen said: "In truth, we are just hoping to find a body now. As soon as they do, they will alert us, but there is nothing else that, as a family, we can do now. There is no hope of finding Pierre alive and the urgency of finding a body is much less imperative. A major storm is brewing and so there will be no searching on Wednesday as it will be too dangerous."
The man in charge of the inquiry said investigations will continue, and officers will examine the items they’ve found, though they don’t think there’s any criminal motive behind the young boy’s disappearance.
Written and presented by Marverine Cole.