by Willie Robertson
The sister of missing rocker Richey Edwards has begged fans not to forget the brother who disappeared without trace 15 months ago.
Rachel Edwards has seen Richey's Manic Street Preachers band bounce back from losing their frontman to record an album, with the single - A Design For Life - going straight into the Top 10.
"I keep hearing the single on the radio and the group are on TV, but no one has mentioned Richey," said a tearful Rachel.
"I'd hate to think he has been forgotten." And last night Rachel sent a message to 27-year-old Richey. "We're missing you. We think about you every day. No one hates you for disappearing."
Richey vanished last January on his way to join the group for an American tour.
A fortnight after he left The Embassy Hotel in London, police found his abandoned Vauxhall Cavalier at Auste Service Station, near the Severn Bridge, in Wales.
The guitarist's family urged the group to continue when they considered splitting. The band is now set to play one of its biggest venues at Maine Road in Manchester this weekend when they back Oasis.
Manic's spokeswoman Teri Hall says: "It's a bitter-sweet triumph. The lads wish Richey was with them.
"They like to think that he's out there listening and haven't given up hope that they'll meet again one day."
The band is dedicating its new album, Everything Must Go, to the troubled guitarist.
There are coded messages reassuring Richey they understand why he went missing.
[Originally published: Daily Mirror, 3 May 1996]