THE mother of a woman who died in a speedboat crash has issued a direct appeal to her daughter's fugitive killer to return and face justice.

Jack Shepherd has been at large since July last year when he was convicted over the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown, of Clacton.

The web designer was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence having fled his Old Bailey trial.

His whereabouts remains a mystery to police.

On Sunday, more than three years after her daughter's death, Clacton mum Roz Wickens pleaded for the convicted killer to resurface.

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Roz Wickens (right) told the Gazette she cannot move on from Charlotte's death

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, she said: "She was everything to me and I think about her almost every second of the day.

"Life will never be the same without her. So please return and face the justice that was dealt to you."

Police believe Shepherd, originally from Exeter, could be using friends' bank accounts to fund his life on the run.

Roz, 53, added: "I want to tell anyone who is helping him, think about what you are doing and do the right thing by talking to the police.

"I mean, if someone thinks they are not guilty, why would they run away to another country and hide?"

Shepherd was sentenced to six years in jail over the death of Charlotte, known to her friends as Charli.

The pair, who met on dating site OkCupid, were on a first date when the speedboat he let an inexperienced Charlotte drive, hit a submerged log and capsized on the River Thames.

While on the run, Shepherd has contacted his lawyers to appeal against the conviction.