DETECTIVES searching for a missing dad say they are working on the presumption he is still alive almost six weeks after he vanished.
For the last week, police have been searching the Crimdon area near Hartlepool for Darren Waller. But their hunt around the sites caravans and undergrowth is coming to an end.
No new leads have arisen so a team of 25 officers will now be sent to explore other locations in a bid to trace the 36-year-old.
Detective Superintendent Gordon Lang, head of Cleveland Police’s murder investigation team, was drafted in to lead the case due to his in-depth knowledge of Hartlepool.
He told the Mail: “We have searched the Crimdon area as Darren spent a lot of time there, and when he had a dog he would walk him up around that area.
“However, that search is coming to its conclusion and I am looking to move officers to other areas.
“I have been giving consideration to where we should go next and where is of significant interest.
“We are still working on the presumption that he is alive and well, speaking to people that he knows and thinking of places he would visit.
“Darren has a large circle of people that know him and we are talking to as many of them as we can.”