Sussex Police said officers were growing increasingly concerned for missing Brighton boy Harry Hall.
The 14-year-old has been missing from his foster parents’ home in Hove since last Tuesday (21 February).
Dawn, a family friend and Harry’s foster carer, said: “We miss you and want to make sure you’re safe. We’re not angry, just worried about you.”
Harry is believed to be in the Brighton and Hove area and was last seen in Whitehawk.
Detective Inspector Lee Horner said: “Harry went missing from his home with his foster carers eight days ago.
“Friends have reported to have seen him in the Whitehawk area but we are still growing increasingly concerned about him due to his age.
“Either Harry is sleeping rough or someone is housing him but we have no idea who or why.
“It’s really important we make sure he is safe and well.”
Harry was described as white, 5ft tall, stocky, with short wavy blond hair, blue eyes, a tanned complexion and a silver ear piercing.
He may be in school uniform or jogging bottoms.
Harry is asked to contact Dawn or to speak to Lee Horner from Sussex Police by calling 101.
Anyone with information about where Harry might be is asked to contact Sussex Police so that officers can check that is he safe and well.
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