By CATHY MORRIS
BRITISH POLICE have been to the Algarve as part of an investigation into the disappearance and possible murder of Portimão resident Paul Duckenfield, who was last seen when he arrived at Stansted Airport on an easyJet flight from Faro on Monday, September 15.
He had been due to return to Portugal on September 19 but he did not and there have been no confirmed sightings since September 15. Police have concerns that some harm may have come to him.
Paul Duckenfield moved to the Algarve with his family in 2005. He should have been celebrating his 42nd birthday with his wife and family on Sunday at his home in Portimão but he did not contact his family.
Some newspaper reports have suggested that the Polícia Judiciára (PJ) have been helping the lead investigators from Essex Police with this enquiry, but the PJ have not confirmed this.
In a statement sent to The Resident on Monday, Detective Superintendent Tim Wills of Essex Police said: “Paul’s failure to make contact with his family on his birthday only reinforces our belief that he is no longer alive. I would urge anyone who can give any firm information about his movements since arriving at Stansted, a possible motive for his killing or the whereabouts of his body, to contact us.”
Tracy Duckenfield reported her husband missing to Derbyshire Constabulary, where he previously lived. The force in Derbyshire began enquiries to trace him.
A 46 year old north Essex man was arrested on October 16 on suspicion of Paul Duckenfield’s murder. He has since been released on bail, but remains in custody on other matters.
Paul Duckenfield has been linked to the supply and mis-use of steroids by athletes and body builders. It is understood that he featured in an edition of The Cook Report, entitled Dying to look good, which dealt with the issue of the mis-use of steroids.
He is believed to be involved in the supply of steroids to athletes and body builders. Police have called for anyone involved in athletics, body building or gyms, who may have had contact with Paul Duckenfield over the supply of steroids, to contact them.
If anyone has had a confirmed contact with Paul Duckenfield since September 15, then detectives would like to hear from them.
He is described as being white, 5’8”, slim build, with a shaved head or very short brown hair. He has tattoos on both arms.
Anyone with information should contact the investigation team on 0044 1279 641188 or call Crimestoppers on 0044 800 555 111.