Missing Briton presumed murdered one year on

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a British resident renewed their appeal for information on Tuesday, September 15, the anniversary of his last sighting in Essex. 

Paul Duckenfield lived with his wife and two children near Portimão and was last seen arriving at Stansted airport on an Easyjet flight from Faro. (See the Algarve Resident editions November 28, 2008 and December 5, 2008).

This week Essex police told the Algarve Resident that a nationwide murder inquiry is ongoing as, despite not locating Paul’s body, police remain convinced that he has been murdered. 

Police believe the motive for the murder is linked to Paul’s involvement in the supply of anabolic steroids used by athletes and body builders.

 A 47-year old north Essex man who was arrested on October 16, 2008 remains on bail on suspicion of Paul Duckenfield’s murder. He has since been charged and bailed with other matters relating to drugs trafficking.

A 54-year old man from the Isle of Man is also on police bail on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice, and a 50-year old man from the Derbyshire area has been charged and bailed on drug offences and possession of ammunition and is on police bail on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

In a statement sent to the Algarve Resident on Tuesday, Detective Superintendent Tim Wills of Essex Police said: “Despite Paul’s apparent steroid dealing, he is a much missed father, husband and son. We will continue to investigate his murder with vigour and determination until we are able to answer the question as to where his remains are and who is responsible for his murder.”

He added: “Already the investigation has uncovered serious crime and I believe his murderers will be associated with these crimes. I encourage anybody, from whatever section of the community, to come forward with any information they may have that may assist us in this investigation.”    

Meanwhile, Paul Duckenfield’s family has been left in a state of limbo.

His wife Tracey Duckenfield said: “We all miss Paul greatly and are finding it very hard to come to terms with the fact that he is gone. He was a loving husband and father and I appeal for anyone who has any information to pass it on to the police. We just need to know what happened to him so that we can try to find some form of closure.”   

Anyone with information should contact the investigation team in the UK on 0044 1279 641188 or call Crimestoppers on 0044 800 555 111.