COPS are hunting a mum who took her 11-year-old son on holiday to Spain but never came home.
Missing Alex Batty, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, was supposed to land back in the UK more than six weeks ago.
Police believe he and his mum, who does not have legal guardianship, may have travelled by boat to Morocco.
The family flew out on the pre-agreed trip to the Benahavis area, near Marbella, on September 30.
Enquiries have since revealed they may have headed to Melilla in Morocco, rather than back to England on October 8.
Police said they do not believe Alex is at risk of harm but are concerned for his welfare and want to bring him home to his guardian.
Melanie Batty, 37, is wanted in connection with his abduction and officers are searching for her with the help of Spanish authorities.
Detective Inspector Lindsay Booth said: “Our main priority is finding Alex and bringing him home.
“His guardian is understandably extremely upset and although she heard from Alex on the 8 October, she has not heard from him since and is desperate to get him home.
“We have followed extensive enquiries and we know Melanie has visited Morocco a number of times before and we believe she could have travelled with Alex to there.
“Our last known location of Alex puts him near the Port of Malaga and boats run from there to Melilla in Morocco.
“I am appealing to anyone who recognises this young boy or Melanie, or has been in contact with them, to please get in touch with us.
“It might be that you were staying in the same resort as them, are friends from home and have heard from them through social media or texts, or that you might have some knowledge of their plans.
“I implore you, please get in touch with us or contact police if you are abroad.”
Alex is described as white, about 5ft, slim, with blond hair - he speaks with a northern accent.
Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 8972 (+44 161 856 8972 if you are abroad) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.