Heartfelt plea of mum to her missing son


THE mum of missing man Darren Waller has made an emotional Mother’s Day plea for him to come home.

As families across the country get set to celebrate with their mums, Kathleen Waller will spend the day wondering where her much-loved son is.

The detective leading the search for Darren is now appealing for other mums to help put an end to her plight by trying to remember if they have seen Darren, 36.

The dad-of-three has now been missing for almost three months after last being seen in the Foggy Furze area of Hartlepool at around 5.30pm on Sunday, January 9.

Mrs Waller, 60, said: “Darren please come home.

“I love and miss you so much, please just let someone know that you are safe and well.”

His three children, Kayleigh, 16, Ellie, eight, and five-year-old Leah, and ex-wife Lisa Gleaves, 36, from Kells Grove, Hartlepool, have all made emotional pleas in the Mail for him to get in touch or for people to help find him.

There have been a number of reported sightings of Darren since he was reported missing.

However none of these have been confirmed as definite sightings of him.

As part of their investigations, police have searched a caravan park in Crimdon and empty houses in Hartlepool town centre as well as trawling through CCTV footage, without success.

Detective Superintendent Gordon Lang, who is leading the investigation, is also set to go on the BBC’s Missing programme this month to appeal for more help in finding Darren,

He said: “Sunday is obviously going to be a difficult day for Kathleen as she eagerly awaits contact from Darren.

“I am appealing to mothers across Hartlepool to help ease another mother’s anguish by looking at Darren’s photo once again and ask themselves if they may have seen him since he went missing.

“A great deal of work has taken place already within the investigation, including looking at CCTV footage, searching various places within the town and surrounding area, and speaking to communities and those who know Darren.

“We will continue to work pro-actively to support the family and make further enquiries in a bid to trace Darren safe and well.”

If you can help with the search ring (01642) 326326 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.