A fifth man has been arrested in the Scott Fletcher murder inquiry.
A 32-year-old man from the County Durham area was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in connection with the disappearance of Hartlepool dad Scott Fletcher.
Four other men aged 36, 48 and two aged 38, also from the County Durham area, who were arrested earlier this week have since been bailed pending further enquiries.
The last sighting of Scott, 28, was on May 11, 2011, near the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill, at about 8.20pm.
Scott’s distraught mum Julie Fletcher said the development had extinguished the family’s small hope that he may still be found alive.
Police leading the inquiry believe Scott was murdered over a debt he owed, and expect to make more arrests over the coming weeks.
Anyone with information of Scott’s disappearance or anyone who may have seen him, should contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 .