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Missing Pierre Barnes: Father Fears The Worst
The father of a boy who went missing on a French island has told Sky News he fears he will not be found alive.
In his first British television interview, Stephen Barnes said he did not believe his son Pierre, 12, had been abducted.
Mr Barnes spoke about his "strong little boy" in the past tense as search and rescue teams scoured the island of Porquerolles for the missing youngster.
He said: "Having spoken to the police, in their mind the abduction possibility is just something they have to do in order to show they've looked at all options.
"Quite frankly if you're going to abduct someone you don't come to an island to do it, it's the worst possible place to abduct someone, nor do you go out in the teeth of a storm to try and abduct, it just doesn't make sense.
"Everyone believes, and I don't think there's much doubt, [that] the bike broke down, that he panicked, that he tried to make his way back.
"Probably he got disorientated and probably also he tried to take a short cut and found he lost the tracks which would be difficult to see in the dark."
The Barnes family arrived on the small Mediterranean island on Saturday.
A couple of hours later, Pierre went for a short bike ride as a severe storm approached and which then hampered the search.
"He would have been very frightened, he would have panicked - as you know he dropped a shoe and didn't bother to collect it, but he's a strong little boy, tough, and I don't think he would have given up lightly," said Mr Barnes.
"He would have walked and walked and walked until eventually he was so tired that he would have found somewhere out of the wind. I'm certain his body is there."
As he spoke to Sky News, a police search team was checking in and around a small lake a few hundred metres from the apartment the Barnes family had rented for seven nights.
Mr Barnes added: "We as a family just need to come to terms with what it means and hopefully to be able to rejoice, if this is what it comes down to, in the 12 years of happy life that he had because he was such a - I think I have to start to talk in the past tense - happy boy, a little bundle of joy.
"He was not always well behaved, a tiny bit of a geek, a Doctor Who fanatic. He brought to us tremendous joy because of his curiosity and his quaint ways. His own life was a good one too.
"We're in no different a position to any other family that may be about to have to conclude that they have lost a child."