Wednesday, 8 Feb 2023

Who is Levi Davis and why did he disappear?

Who is Levi Davis and why did he disappear? Missing rugby ace and X Factor star vanished in Spain ‘owing £100K to Somali mafia’… as his tearful mother Julie Davis is consoled by Susanna Reid on GMB

  • Former Bath rugby player Levi Davis went missing on October 29 in Barcelona
  • He was in huge debt due to his party lifestyle, a Catalan newspaper reported
  • His mother broke down while speaking to Susanna Reid on GMB this morning

For more than three months the family of Levi Davis have been clinging to the hope the young rugby star is still alive, after his unexplained disappearance in Spain.

His tearful mother was consoled by Susanna Reid on this morning’s GMB, when she appealed for information about her son’s whereabouts.

The absence of information has spawned various theories about what may have happened to the young man… but to this day, the question about what truly happened to Levi Davis remains painfully unanswered.   

Who is Levi Davis?

Levi Davis, 24, is a rugby union player from Birmingham, England, who went missing in Barcelona, Spain, on 29 October 2022.

Mr Davis made his debut for Bath in 2017 and made his first appearance for the club in Premiership Rugby in October 2019 against the Bristol Bears.

He is also a musician and appeared on The X Factor: Celebrity, in late 2019 as part of the group Try Star.

He released his debut single ‘With Me’ under the name LEDA on 14 September and his second single ‘Los Angeles’ was scheduled for released in November last year. 


A beach photo of Levi Davis (left) was among pictures captured by the star’s photographer friend Adetokunbo Adetona, to go with Levi’s second music single – Los Angeles – which was due to be released in November. Right, the rugby player in action

Davis starred on Celebrity X Factor in 2019 alongside fellow rugby stars Ben Foden and Thom Evans in a singing group known as Try Star. He was also on E4’s Celebs Go Dating in 2020

What happened to him?

Levi Davis went missing in Barcelona, Spain, on October 29 last year. He was taking a break in Europe after being sidelined from rugby following a knee injury.  

He was last seen on CCTV leaving the Old Irish Pub near Barcelona’s La Rambla at 10.05pm on October 29, a few hours after taking a boat from Ibiza with just £35 and no change of clothes.  

Levi’s Ibiza-based friend Richard Squire formally reported him missing a few days later after his family informed West Midlands Police he had vanished.

Barcelona police confirmed on November 22 last year that his passport had been found in the city port. 

It was claimed on Wednesday that the player, who also appeared on the celebrity edition of X Factor, was around £100,000 in debt to the Somali mafia and was convinced they had tried to poison him. 

Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia said Mr Davis had got himself into huge debt after his party lifestyle spiralled out of control.   

The Somali mafia debt claims surfaced in Spain as it emerged his family were pressing Spanish police to investigate a possible drowning in Barcelona’s port before Levi’s passport was found nearby. 

MailOnline obtained CCTV footage showing Levi Davis leaving the Old Irish Pub on the bustling La Rambla street on October 29 at 10.05pm

Davis travelled on a ferry from Ibiza to Barcelona from where he went missing 

Who are his family?

Levi Davis’s mother is Julie Davis and has raised awareness about her son’s disappearance since he went missing last October.

She appeared on GMB on Wednesday morning as she recalled the last hug she gave her son before he left for Spain. 

His sister Candeece Balfour has also made impassioned pleas for her brother to return home.

In November, Mrs Balfour told Sky News: ‘I just also want to let him know we’re here to support him.

‘I just want him to come home. He’s loved and missed by everyone, he’s an amazing person.’ 

Levi’s family have set up a GoFundMe page to appeal for donations to help continue the search.

Now his mother Julie Davis (pictured with an image of herself and Levi) says a private detective working on the case has uncovered that the 5ft 9in rugby star may have been kidnapped by criminals from London in a dispute over money, in what they believe could be a major breakthrough


Appearing on GMB this morning, Ms Davis (pictured) revealed that potentially vital CCTV footage had been deleted by the time the courts in Spain had granted investigators permission to access it, while the ‘language barrier’ caused delays in receiving information about the case

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