Information appeal on 10 year anniversary of father's disappearance

PUBLISHED: 10:52 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:19 18 September 2018

Father-of-two Paul Duckenfield was 41 when he went missing. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Father-of-two Paul Duckenfield was 41 when he went missing. Picture: ESSEX POLICE


Ten years on from the disappearance of a father-of-two, who was last seen alive in a Great Saling restaurant, detectives have renewed their appeal for information.

Paul arriving at Stansted Airport on September 15, 2008. Picture: ESSEX POLICEPaul arriving at Stansted Airport on September 15, 2008. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Detectives believe Paul Duckenfield, who lived with his wife and children in Portugal, was murdered in Essex on or around September 16, 2008.

The last independent sighting of Paul was on the evening of September 15, at the Palm Trees restaurant in Great Saling. Earlier that day, Paul, who was 41 when he was last seen alive, flew from Portugal to Stansted Airport arriving at approximately 2pm.

Paul was believed to be involved in the distribution of performance-enhancing anabolic steroids and growth hormones used by some body builders and athletes.

Essex Police officers believe the motive for Paul’s murder is linked to his involvement with the steroids.

Paul planned to return home to his family on September 19 or 20 by flying from East Midlands Airport to Faro. However he did not make the flight and has never been seen or heard from since.

As reported in the Broadcast on October 23, 2008, Paul’s wife Tracey reported him missing to Derbyshire Constabularly, as Paul previously lived in Derbyshire.

He was well known in the gym scene in West Midlands, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas in particular.

Paul also ran a company called International Debt and Security Consultants which was based in Derby and is believed to have visited gyms and leisure facilities when he visited the Great Saling and Braintree areas of Essex.

On September 15 2008, Paul travelled on an Easy Jet flight from Faro in Portugal to Stansted. He was picked up from the airport by a business partner he had known for several years.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Martin Pasmore of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “Ten years on and life has become no easier for Paul’s wife, children, parents or wider family, they still want answers as to what happened to their loved one.

“Over the last decade loyalties will have changed and people may now feel able to come forward. If you know something about Paul’s disappearance or death but haven’t spoken to us, now is the time to take that step, his family don’t want to spend another ten years wondering.

“We do believe there is every possibility that the answer to Paul’s death lies within the criminal fraternity and is linked to his apparent steroid dealing.

“The investigation into his disappearance has already uncovered serious crime and there are undoubtedly people who move within those circles who have information that could help us.

“I would ask those people to consider Paul’s family who are still desperately waiting for answers.

“If anyone has any information that could help us, please do the right thing and come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact the Harlow Major Crime Team on 101, email or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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