Police have released an e-fit of what a teenage boy who went missing 11 years ago might look like today as part of a new appeal to find him.
Alexander Sloley, from Islington, north London, was 16 when he was reported missing in August 2008 and his family and friends have not heard from him since.
The accountancy student at City and Islington College had little money, no wallet and no bag with extra clothes to indicate he was planning to run away, police said.
Despite repeated appeals and inquiries, they have not been able to trace him.
He has not been spotted on CCTV and any possible sighting reports from the public as to his whereabouts all provided a negative outcome after being investigated, the Metropolitan Police said.
At the time of his disappearance, Alex was described as a light skinned black male, 5ft 5in and of medium build with striking blue eyes.
But as part of a new appeal to find him, the force has released an e-fit image of what it believes he would look like now, aged 27.
His mother, Nerissa Tivy, said it had been emotional seeing the e-fit of her son as an adult.
She added: “It’s a great picture of Alex and of how he might possibly look like now.
“Then you try to put a body to it and how he might be dressed and looking.
“He was quite a slick dresser, my son, he wasn’t scruffy.”
The 51-year-old said she is grateful for the new appeal and hopes that one day her son will be found.
She added: “There’s no closure to this and, with all the appeals and knowing your child would not just run away, you start thinking something terrible has happened to him.
“I would love to see him walk through the door.”
Detective Constable Tom Boon said he hoped the new e-fit would help jog people’s memories and encourage them to come forward.
He said people quizzed previously in connection with Alex’s disappearance will be re-interviewed as part of the investigation.
He added: “We have drawn an HD fit of what Alex might look like now and we hope that by releasing that it will be slightly different to previous appeals, jog people’s memories, and help people come forward.
“Obviously it’s a cold case and remains unsolved.
“We don’t know where Alex is and don’t have any major leads at the moment to suggest where he is.”
DC Boon said there was no proof that Alex had been harmed and there was no evidence that it was linked to any other cases.
He added: “The hope is he is safe and well and somehow has managed to stay off the radar in terms of using bank accounts, passports, that sort of thing.
“As time goes on it becomes more and more concerning, although there’s no proof of harm.”