Renewed appeal in murder inquiry

DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of Paul Duckenfield are renewing their appeal for information on the anniversary of his last sighting in Essex.

DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of Paul Duckenfield are renewing their appeal for information on the anniversary of his last sighting in Essex.

Mr Duckenfield lived with his wife and two children in Portugal but returned alone to the UK on Monday, September 15 2008, arriving at Stansted Airport at approximately 2pm.

A nationwide murder inquiry is ongoing as police remain convinced that he has been murdered despite not locating the 41-year-old man's body.

Police believe the motive for the murder is linked to Mr Duckenfield's involvement in the supply of anabolic steroids used by athletes and body builders.


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A 46-year-old north Essex man who was arrested on October 16, 2008 remains on police bail after having been arrested on suspicion of Mr Duckenfield's murder.

Now 47, he has since been charged and released on police bail with other matters relating to drugs trafficking.

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A 54-year-old man from the Isle of Man is also on police bail on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice.

A 50-year-old man from the Derbyshire area has been charged and bailed on drug offences and possession of ammunition and is on police bail on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Senior investigating officer, Det Supt Tim Wills, said: “Despite Paul's apparent steroid dealing he is a much missed father, husband and son.

“We will continue to investigate his murder with vigour and determination until we are able to answer the question as to where his remains are and who is responsible for his murder.

“Already the investigation has uncovered serious crime and I believe his murderers will be associated with these crimes. I encourage anybody from whatever section of the community to come forward with any information they may have that may assist us in this investigation.”

Paul's family has been left in a state of limbo.

Mr Duckenfield's wife Tracey, who has been left in a state of limbo, said: “We all miss Paul greatly and are finding it very hard to come to terms with the fact that he is gone.

“He was a loving husband and father and I appeal for anyone who has any information to pass it on to the police. We just need to know what happened to him so that we can try to find some form of closure.”

Anyone with information should contact the investigation team on 01279 641188 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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