A woman has urged anyone with information about the disappearance of her sister almost 20 years ago to come forward and allow the family to find justice and closure. Natalie Putt, 17, disappeared suddenly from her Dudley home in September 2003. The teenager had just given birth to her baby son, to whom her older sister says she was totally devoted.
A huge search was launched by police, but they were unable to find any trace of her.
A 2019 inquest eventually concluded that the young mum was dead, despite no body ever having been found.
Coroner Zafar Siddique said he believed she had died close to where she lived in Thornleigh, Lower Gornal.
The disappearance and probable death of the teenager has left her family with many unanswered questions, which are causing torment to this day.
Her older sister, Rebecca Coggins, told Birmingham Live that she hoped someone would provide the family with concrete information about what happened to her sister and help her family to come to terms with the situation.
She said: “What I hope is that people have become older, they may have their own families.
“I’m hoping with that maturity, they then have Natalie in their minds and think ‘I need to make sure Natalie’s family know the full facts’.
“I think about the fact she has no place to be buried. I think that’s the toughest bit, not knowing where she is.”
Rebecca is adamant that Natalie, nine years her junior, would never have just walked out on her baby son.
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Despite the pressures and challenges of being a young mum, her sister was “absolutely blown away” by her little baby.
Moreover, no money was withdrawn from Natalie’s bank account following her mysterious disappearance.
This has given greater credence to the theory that Natalie tragically died, something Rebecca has reluctantly accepted.
Rebecca said one of the most difficult things to come to terms with is the fact that her family has never been able to give the younger sister a proper burial.
She urged anyone who might know the whereabouts of her sister’s body to come forward and let the family know.
Rebecca said: “Speak up. Don’t be part of this any longer.
“Give her the right to have a decent burial or cremation, give her that decency that a human being deserves.
“She doesn’t deserve to be deserted somewhere or laying wherever she is.
“She was a human being. She was a mother, she was my sister, she was a daughter.”