GALLERY: After police charge man with his murder, we recall the massive hunt that began for Terry McSpadden after he vanished
17:25 30 November 2012
IT would soon have been six years since Terry McSpadden seemingly disappeared off the face the earth.
He was last seen on March 1, 2007, after spending the evening in the Locomotive pub in Wisbech.
Later he was seen on CCTV in the town’s Tesco supermarket but his family neither heard from him nor saw him again.
His mother Helen said later that “we think he had some belongings with him, but he could not have just disappeared off the face of the earth.
“His bank account has not been touched and his mobile phone has not been used since March 3”. Vodafone kept his mobile number alive in case it picked up a signal.
Last year – almost five years after his disappearance- Terry’s mum launched a poster campaign to try and help her family resolve the mystery.
She said: “Terry disappeared almost five years ago and as his mother I can say that a day doesn’t go by without him being in my thoughts.
“Now his two young children are of an age where they are asking where their daddy is and I just don’t know what to tell them.
“My family needs answers because our lives are on hold. We simply need to know whether he is going to walk through the door but if he isn’t, then we need some form of closure.
Terry, 24, had two children, then aged four and two, who lived with his ex-partner in Wisbech but he had regular contact with them.
Terry had been due to be the best man at his best friend Danny Crawford’s wedding in June.
His mum said: “I remember the Christmas before he was laughing and joking about being best man and we hoped he would appear on the day, but he didn’t.”
It was a Thursday night when he disappeared and he had been enjoying a few drinks as a court order insisted upon a 7am-7pm Friday-Sunday curfew for a drink related offence.
For that, he was wearing an electronic tag around his ankle at the time. But even the device hasn’t helped locate him.
Mum Sue said: “That doesn’t make him a bad person, he was a loving boy.”
Last year, police carried out a major search of the countryside around the area of Mr McSpadden’s last known movements. Norfolk police said there was a “strong suspicion” that he was no longer alive.
Last November officers also dug up the garden of Fir Tree Cottage, where Mr McSpadden lived.
Norfolk Police confirmed today that Jonathan Porter, 32, of Outwell Road, Elm, has been charged with murdering Mr McSpadden.
He is due before Norwich magistrates tomorrow.