New hope for family of missing man

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THE family of missing man Darren Waller is hoping a national TV appearance will spark new leads into their loved-one’s disappearance.

Darren is set to be part of BBC One’s Missing Live show that looks at cases of missing people across the country who have not being seen for almost four months.

The 36-year-old’s ex-wife Lisa Gleaves and their three young children travelled to London last week to take part in the programme, which will be aired on the morning of May 10.

The recording has given them fresh hope of finding the dad who was last seen in the Foggy Furze area of Hartlepool at around 5.30pm on Sunday, January 9.

They were also offered support former That’s Life! presenter Esther Rantzen at the capital studio as she stopped to chat with them for half-an-hour.

Lisa, 36, of Kells Grove, Hartlepool, said: “It was a bit scary for the kids and a bit upsetting going over things but it’s something we had to do.

“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.

“We are doing everything we possibly can but are running out of ideas. But we still have hope.

“Every time we go out we are still looking everywhere and keeping our eyes open.”

Lisa said their children, Kayleigh, 16, Ellie, eight, and Leah, five, were given special attention by Esther, who was working in the same studio.

The former television host and founder of Childline took time out to talk to the family about their ordeal and offer her support.

Lisa, who has stayed good friends with Darren since their split, said: “I saw the kids talking to this woman and then saw it was Esther. She was lovely and was great with them.

“She was on after us and had so much time for the kids. She was genuinely interested in what had happened and how we all were.”

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.

Police say they have carried out a thorough investigation into Darren’s disappearance.

They have searched caravan sites in Crimdon, the former Steetley magnesium works in Hartlepool and empty houses in the town centre.

Appeals have also been made at Hartlepool United matches while officers have spoke to dozens of friends and relatives.

Detective Superintendent Gordon Lang, Cleveland Police’s top investigator, was brought in to lead the investigation but handed it back over to Hartlepool detectives last week due to other commitments.

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.

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

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