Vic appeal for missing man draws a blank

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AN appeal to football fans for information about a missing dad has drawn another blank for detectives.

It is two months yesterday since Darren Waller (right), 36, was last seen at his mum’s house in the Foggy Furze area of Hartlepool.

Police have been trying to find the dad-of-three since his disappearance on January 9, but their searches and appeals have so far proved fruitless.

Their latest attempt to open new leads saw a request for information at half-time during the Hartlepool United v Huddersfield Town game on March 1.

But again nothing came from their efforts.

Officers are still searching around the Gray Street area of town, where they have been checking empty houses and yards for Darren, after their initial search near caravans in Crimdon proved negative.

Detective Superintendent Gordon Lang, who is leading the investigation, is once again appealing for anyone who thinks they may have seen Darren to come forward.

Det Supt Lang said: “I think that some residents may have seen Darren on the evening of January 9, but they may have not realised that it is him.

“They 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.

“We are getting support from members of the public.

“While our recent appeal to supporters of Hartlepool United Football Club didn’t bring any unconfirmed sightings, we are still asking for people to come forward.”

Darren, who is dad to Kayleigh, 16, Ellie, eight, and Leah, five, lived in a flat in Alma Street, Hartlepool, before going missing.

He was last seen by his ex-wife Lisa Gleaves, 35, at the house of his mum, Kathleen Waller, 60, in Burnaby Close, Hartlepool, at around 5.30pm on Sunday, January 9.

Darren was last seen wearing a light blue sweater with dark stripes across the chest, dark blue jeans, white trainers and had an earring in his left ear.

He is described as 5ft 8ins-tall, white, with a shaved head and tattoos on his hands and arms.

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to ring Hartlepool Police on (01642) 302178 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.