Worried mum of rugby star Levi Davis arrives in Barcelona to search for missing son

The worried mum of rugby player and X-factor star Levi Davis has arrived in Barcelona to search for her missing son.

Julie Davis was due to meet with police investigators this afternoon so they could update her on the work they were doing.

They were also due to formally interview her in the hope of clues that could help them track down the 24-year-old.

The former Bath winger, part of singing group Try Star on X-Factor in 2019 alongside fellow rugby stars Ben Foden and Thom Evans, was last seen leaving the Old Irish Pub off Barcelona’s La Rambla around 10pm on October 29 after leaving Ibiza earlier the same day.

He had travelled to Europe to take time out in the wake of an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee which had sidelined him from rugby.

Speaking to Spanish press near to the spot where he was last seen after flying to the Catalan capital, Julie said: “When I asked him where he would stay, he didn’t want to give me any address, he said he would be moving around and he was an adult.”

Confirming his apparent dire financial situation following his “sudden” departure from Ibiza without a change of clothes or his passport, she added: “Since then he hasn’t used his bank cards and he only had 40 euros on him.”

Telling respected Spanish daily ABC he suffered depression and had gone missing on previous occasions but for “no more than two or three days”, she said: “He would always come back or we would find him but it’s been 12 days now and this is not normal.

“He must be disorientated or confused.”

Police in Barcelona are understood to have confirmed Levi is not in hospital and has not been arrested as part of an “emergency” response to a missing persons report they started working on.

Officers from the regional Mossos d’Esquadra force in the Catalan capital confirmed on Tuesday they had decided to launch a hunt for the missing rugby player on their own initiative while they waited for official confirmation he had disappeared from friends or relatives.

The situation changed on Wednesday when a friend formally reported him missing in Barcelona before a family missing persons report filed in the UK reached them.

On Thursday afternoon it emerged that pal was Ibiza-based Richard Squire, who was with Levi until his “sudden” disappearance on October 29 and had started a GoFundMe appeal to raise money so his family could travel to Spain.

A Mossos spokesman confirmed before the meeting between Levi’s mum and investigators: “When someone is formally reported missing we have emergency procedures which include checks to see if that person could be somewhere like a hospital or in police custody.”

Unconfirmed local reports say Levi’s telephone is still off and police have not yet been able to access his password-protected social media accounts after being told by Mr Squire he could have travelled to Barcelona following contact with someone online.

The possibility he has crossed the border into France, less than two hours’ drive north of Barcelona, has not been ruled out although it was not clear on Thursday night if police there have been alerted.

The GoFundme appeal launched by Mr Squire earlier this week had raised £880 of its £3,000 target by Thursday night.

Any money left over that is not used to cover travel and accommodation costs so Levi’s family and friends can look for him in Spain, will go to a charity that can help vulnerable people.

The Ibiza-based expat wrote in a message for the online fundraiser: “Levi has struggled with his mental health for many years and we, his friends and family, are extremely concerned for him.

“Thanks to so many people sharing his image and poster, we’ve had some possible sightings and need to get his friends and family on the ground in Spain to walk the streets looking for him and follow up on any leads.”