Key to finding dad lies in town

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POLICE officers trying to track down missing man Darren Waller believe the key to finding him lies in his home town.

The Hartlepool dad-of-three has now been missing for nine weeks after vanishing on January 9.

Police investigating the 36-year-old’s disappearance have now renewed their searches in the Dyke House area of the town, where he is said to have many friends and spent a lot of time.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang, who is leading the investigation, said his officers are focusing on Hartlepool and is urging residents to who may have seen Darren to come forward.

Det Supt Lang added: “People may have only glanced at his photo previously, but I am asking readers to look again in more detail and ask themselves if they can 100 per cent rule out seeing him on January 9, or any time after.

“This is very much a Hartlepool-based investigation, and we think the key to his whereabouts lies in the town.”

Officers had previously searched a caravan site and surrounding undergrowth in Crimdon, and empty houses in the town centre.

Police also appealed for help over the public address system during a Hartlepool United match in an attempt to create new leads.

Darren, who lived in a flat in the town’s Alma Street, is 5ft 8ins-tall, white, with a shaved head and tattoos on his hands and arms.

When last seen, he was wearing a blue sweater, dark blue jeans or trousers and trainers, and had an earring in his left ear.

He is dad to Kayleigh, 16, Ellie, eight, and Leah, five, who live with his ex-wife Lisa Gleaves, 36, in Kells Grove, Hartlepool.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on (01642) 326326 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.