THE MUM of missing Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher has spoken about the devastating effect her son’s disappearance has had on her family as police launch a review of the case four years on.
Julie Fletcher spoke to the Hartlepool Mail today on the fourth anniversary of Scott going missing saying that it is a “continuous struggle”.
The mum-of-three, who works at St Hild’s school, in Hartlepool, also revealed how her grandaughter Lucie, Scott’s eight-year-old daughter, cries for her adored dad to return home while clutching a photograph of him.
She said: “It was just a couple of weeks ago that Lucie burst into floods of tears and said ‘I want my Daddy back’.
“She never stops talking about her Daddy, little things trigger her off.
“She’d stand and talk to his photo and she’d cry and cry. She still does it now.”
Julie, who gave birth to Scott when her two daughters were 12 and 15-years-old, added: “It’s very hard for Lucie, and very hard for everyone. It’s the not knowing which leaves you permanently churned up and anxious.
“I can’t sleep at night and I go into Scott’s bedroom. I look out the window at cars coming round the corner, always hoping that it will be him.
“He was the baby of the family and we miss him so much.
“When he first went missing I was frightened to know anything, but now I need to know.”
Julie, who lives in Bishop Cuthbert with husband John said she had been given renewed hope of finsing out what had happened to Scott as Cleveland Police launches a review of the case.
Officers intend to revisit witnesses and are also appealing for anyone, even with scraps of information, to come forward.
Scott’s mum said: “We just need to jog people’s memories to see if there is anything they remember no matter how small.
“He was a loveable cheeky lad and you could hear him before you saw him.”
“Scott is a missing person, he’s not wanted for any crime. It’s so cruel we just need to know either way.
“It’s so physically and mentally exhausting.”
Scott’s step-son Bradley, now 10-years-old, also misses Scott terribly but is more inclined to keep his feelings bottled up.
Scott disappeared on May 11, 2011, and police and Scott’s family have continued to appeal for information from members of the public.
Today officers begin a review of the investigation four years after Scott was last seen.
Detective Superintendent Jon Green, who is leading on the investigation for Cleveland Police, said: “We remain open minded to the possibility that he may have come to some harm and revisiting some of the witnesses in the case may uncover new information to piece together where and why he went.
“Scott was last seen in the lay-by opposite the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill in Durham four years ago today and his family are still enduring the agony of not knowing what exactly happened to him. “They have been informed we will be reviewing the case and have given their support in a bid to urge people to come forward.
“While Scott was in some debt prior to his disappearance and was known to the criminal fraternity, we believe there are people who may be with-holding information from us, but with the passage of time they may now feel they can get in touch about what they know.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.