Fifty police to hunt for clues following ‘cold case’ review into disappearance of Wisbech man four years ago

FIFTY police officers will converge on Wisbech this weekend to begin a fresh hunt for clues following the disappearance of a 24 year old man nearly four years ago.

FIFTY police officers will converge on Wisbech this weekend to begin a fresh hunt for clues following the disappearance of a 24 year old man nearly four years ago.

The ‘cold case’ review has been ordered in the hope of discovering what happened to Terry McSpadden after he disappeared following an early hours visit to Tesco.

His distraught mum, Helen Thrower, said last night she welcomed the fresh police investigation but admitted the years of waiting for news “has taken its toll.”

She said: “I am beginning to have to learn to deal with it again, and it’s all very raw once more. Nobody has ever come forward to help explain what happened- but there are people out there who must surely know something.”


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Terry disappeared on the night of March 1, 2007, having spent in the evening in the Locomotive Pub in the town.

Det Chief Inspector Neil Luckett, of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation team is heading the new investigation.

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“Terry is known to have visited the local Tesco supermarket in Wisbech just before 1am and is then believed to have returned to his home address in Outwell,” he said.

“Since that night there has been no significant information about what has happened to him. His disappearance is completely out of character.”

The father is two is described as being 6ft tall with brown eyes and at the time of his disappearance had short cropped light brown hair. He has a scar under his lower lip.

DCI Luckett said approximately 50 officers, together with Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue team members, will be carrying out open ground searches. The searches will be within a one and a half kilometre radius of Terry McSpadden’s home.

“Terry was well known in the local community and he was very much a local man,” he said. “He was known as a reliable, hard worker by his employers. He had two young children and strong local ties.

“It is nearly four years since Terry disappeared and from the inquiries we have completed to date we can find no significant reason for his disappearance. This is very much out of character and I am very concerned for his welfare.

“I would like to hear from anyone who has any information about what has happened to him or the circumstances of his disappearance.

“I would like anyone who has information, however insignificant it may appear to them, about what has happened to Terry to contact me at the Major Investigation Team on 0845 456 4567.”

Mrs Thrower added: “Terry disappeared almost four years ago and it is difficult to remain positive, we can’t believe he hasn’t made contact with his children whom he loved very much.”

Terry’s stepmother Susan Rolfe released a statement on behalf of herself and his father Stephen Rolfe:

“The fourth anniversary of his disappearance is fast approaching and to get some news now would be a great relief,” she said.

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