Missing dad’s family in TV appeal

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A TV programme on the disappearance of a dad of three was set to be aired across the nation today.

The family of missing Hartlepool man Darren Waller took part in the BBC’s Missing 2011 show to try to create a new lead that could help bring the 36-year-old home.

 Darren’s ex-wife Lisa Gleaves and their three young children travelled to London last week to take part in the programme, which was due to be aired at 9.15am today.

 It will also be available on the BBC’s iPlayer service.

 Lisa, 36, of Kells Grove, Hartlepool, said: “We just want to see if it brings us any closer to giving us answers. With it being national it may help as we have no idea where he is.”

Darren (right), who is dad to Kayleigh, 16, Ellie, eight, and Leah, five, was last seen at about 5.30pm on Sunday, January 9, in the Foggy Furze area of town.

 The family were joined on their train journey to the capital by Detective Sergeant Peter Carr, of Hartlepool CID, who represented the team on the case.

The show looks at cases of missing people across the country and the attempts of those trying to find them.

 Hartlepool Police say they have carried out a thorough investigation into Darren’s disappearance, searching caravan sites, wasteland and empty houses while making numerous appeals in an attempt to find him.

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

 When last seen, he was wearing a blue sweater, dark blue jeans or trousers and trainers.

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