‘I know what you’re going through’

Lisa Gleaves, the former wife of Darren Waller
Lisa Gleaves, the former wife of Darren Waller

THE ex-wife of tragic Darren Waller has offered her heartfelt sympathy to the family of a man who has been missing for a month.

Brave Lisa Gleaves extended her support to relatives of Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher, who has not been seen since May 11.

Darren Waller

Darren Waller

The 35-year-old, of Kells Grove, Hartlepool, had this message for Scott’s family, including parents Julie and John and ex-partner Shelley Marshall: “Never give up hope and remain strong.

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

She added: “I understand the pain they are going through. It’s agonising.”

Darren’s family’s worst fears were realised on May 18 after a body found on grassland on the Central Estate was confirmed to be that of the 36-year-old dad, 129 days after he went missing.

Missing: Scott Fletcher

Missing: Scott Fletcher

Lisa, who had appeared on BBC TV programme Missing, along with the couple’s daughters, Kayleigh, 16, Ellie, eight and five-year-old Leah, appealing for information on Darren’s whereabouts, said when she heard of news that another man had gone missing it was “like history repeating itself”.

“My heart just skipped a beat,” she said.

Lisa added: “I don’t even know the lad, but to think of what they are going through, I just want to let Shelley and the family know I am thinking of them.

“I know every emotion she must be going through, especially with the kids as well.”

Like Darren, Scott, from the Throston area, is a family man and is dad to Lucie, four, and step-dad to six-year-old Bradley.

Lisa said: “If he is out there, he needs to get in touch so his family aren’t put through what me and my kids went through.

“Shelley and Scott have got kids together and I just feel so sorry for them.

“I know it’s hard, but they need to stay strong.”

She said she hoped for a happier outcome for Scott and his family but added: “There are so many emotions that go through your mind.

“One moment it’s all positive and the next it’s all negative.

“I would wake up on a morning and be thinking about Darren.

“I’d think ‘is this the day I’m going to hear something?’

“If it was horrible weather, I’d stare out of the window and hope he wasn’t out there somewhere getting soaked.

“It still seems unreal.

“These have been the longest six months of our lives.

“A lot of people tell me I’m an inspiration but I’m not as strong as people think I am – I just have to be for the kids.”

Anyone with information on Scott’s whereabouts is asked to contact Acting Detective Inspector Alan Todd, of Hartlepool Police, on (01642) 302178.