New plea over missing father

Herald Series: Terry McSpadden was last seen in March 2007 and is believed to have been murdered Terry McSpadden was last seen in March 2007 and is believed to have been murdered

The family of a man feared dead after disappearing seven years ago have told how his children "still miss their daddy".

Terry McSpadden was last seen in March 2007 after a night out from his home in a village on the border of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

The 24-year-old was never seen again and police fear he may have been murdered.

Now Crimestoppers is offering a £5,000 reward in a bid to finally solve the mystery.

Detective Inspector Marie James, from the Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team, said: "While Terry's disappearance was initially treated as a missing person's inquiry, we have long since believed that Terry is no longer alive and his death was as the result of foul play. His body has never been found.

"We absolutely know there are individuals out there who know how and why Terry has disappeared.

"We also believe there are other people with important information who may have previously not felt able to come forward."

The father-of-two disappeared after spending the night of March 1/2 in the Locomotive Pub in Wisbech.

He was last seen just before 1am when he told friends he was returning to his home in the village of Elm.

Ms James said: "Terry was well known and liked in the local community, known as a reliable, hard worker by his employers, and had two young children and strong local ties.

"His family deserve answers and we need to bring those responsible to justice. We are asking people who have the information to have the courage to come forward."

His mother Helen Thrower urged anyone with information about his appearance to come forward.

"It's now seven years ago since he was last seen and the grief doesn't get any easier," she added.

"We have had laughter and tears with people reminiscing about Terry - such lovely memories about a truly missed son."

His stepmother Susan Rolfe said: "Terry's children miss their daddy and really want him to come home.

"It is like living in a nightmare, somebody must know something that will help us establish what happened seven years ago."

A man was charged with murder in 2011 but the case against him was later dismissed at court.

Witnesses should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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