THE HEARTBROKEN sister of a missing man from Leamington has not given up hope of seeing him again ten years on from his unexplained disappearance.
Sanjiv Kundi was 41-years-old when he was last seen by his family at his parents’ home in Leamington on the morning of September 25, 2013. He was due to travel to Paris that day for a week’s holiday.
It was reported at the time that Sanjiv had lost his job in the mid-2000s and, unable to pay the bills, had moved back in with his parents.
His sister Pip it was this move that had an impact on Sanjiv’s health and he had found it tough but that by 2013 things were improving and he was looking forward to his holiday.
Sanjiv told his parents that he would be taking the 11am train from Leamington to London Marylebone. From there, he planned to travel to Kings Cross St Pancras to take the Eurostar to Paris.
He had not booked any accommodation as he intended to book it when he got there. There was no indication of any problem, as Sanjiv told his parents he would see them again in a week’s time.
As planned, Sanjiv arrived in France that evening, arriving in Paris’ Gare du Nord rail station at around 8pm.
Thirteen hours later, at 9.35am on September 26, CCTV footage showed Sanjiv at Gare du Nord to make a return purchase back to London St Pancras for October 1. This was his last confirmed sighting.
At the time of his disappearance, Sanjiv is described as Asian, six foot two with a large build, short dark grey curly hair with a greying beard. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing a brown heavy three-quarter length coat and brown cargo trousers.
Since his disappearance, Sanjiv’s family has remained heartbroken yet determined to find him, hopeful that he will be found safe and well.
The family has led multiple search efforts in France, pursuing multiple lines of enquiry – from walking the streets of Paris and handing out appeal flyers, to speaking to homeless charities and the homeless community, visiting hospitals and churches to Sanjiv’s father reaching out to Paris’s Sikh community. Unfortunately, not a single lead has emerged.
Sanjiv, a much-loved son and brother to four sisters, is deeply missed by his family. The impact of his disappearance has devastated them all.
Pip said: “My parents were inconsolable, my sisters were distraught. It’s almost surreal – a curveball flying in, and you don’t know how you’re going to deal with it.
“We’re living in limbo.”
Anyone with information about Sanjiv’s disappearance can contact the Missing People’s helpline at www.missingpeople.org.uk/sightings-and-giving-information-2