DETECTIVES working on the case missing Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher have been searching the countryside around where he was last seen four years ago.
Teams of officers were sent to the Wheatley Hill area of East Durham yesterday, where the then-28-year-old was seen for the final time prior to his disappearance.
Fields, tracks, and other rural areas surrounding the layby opposite the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill were searched again.
Detective Superintendent Jon Green, who is leading the hunt, said: “As well as searches, I intend to speak again to key witnesses and to re-visit what they have previously told us.
“This could well lead to new lines of inquiry in what is very much an active investigation.
“I firmly believe that there are people out there who know more than they are telling us and who are deliberately withholding information.
Scott’s family deserve answers and I intend to do all I can to get these answers.Detective Superintendent Jon Green
“With the passage of time it becomes increasingly likely that Scott has come to serious harm and we are therefore considering whether others could be involved in his disappearance and who they may be.
“I would make a direct appeal to these people.”
He added: “Think of Scott’s family who have the ongoing agony of not knowing what happened to him. They deserve answers and I intend to do all I can to get these answers.”
Earlier this week the Mail reported how Cleveland Police are reviewing the inquiry into the dad-of-two’s disappearance, saying it is very much an active investigation.
Scott’s mum Julie Fletcher spoke to the Hartlepool Mail on the fourth anniversary of Scott going missing, on May 11, 2011, saying that it is a “continuous struggle”.
The mum-of-three, who works at St Hild’s school, in Hartlepool, also revealed how her grandaughter Lucie, Scott’s eight-year-old daughter, cries for her adored dad to return home while clutching a photograph of him.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.