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Police finish searching missing Terry McSpadden’s Fenland home

16:38 21 November 2011

Fir Tree Cottage Elm, scene of a police search for missing Wisbech man Terry McSpadden.

Fir Tree Cottage Elm, scene of a police search for missing Wisbech man Terry McSpadden.

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POLICE have completed their search of a Fenland house in the investigation into the disappearance of Terry McSpadden in 2007.

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A property in Outwell Road, Elm, has been at the centre of the investigation since Norfolk police arrested a 31-year-old man earlier this month. He is currently on bail and police said that investigations were continuing.

Father-of-two Mr McSpadden, 24, who lived in Outwell Road, Elm, was last seen in March 2007, visiting a cashpoint on his way home from a pub in Wisbech.

Earlier this year, police carried out a major search of the countryside around the area of his last-known movements.

Beforehand, detectives said that after almost four years, they had “significant concerns” for Mr McSpadden’s well-being.

Norfolk police said there was a “strong suspicion” that he was no longer alive and therefore a significant line of enquiry for the investigation is that he had been unlawfully killed.

Terry McSpadden spent the evening of March 1, 2007, at the Locomotive Inn, in Wisbech.

On leaving the pub, which stands on the Lynn Road, he visited a 24-hour Tesco in the town just before 1am, withdrawing money from a cashpoint, before being driven to his house on Outwell Road, Elm.

Mr McSpadden is believed to have gone to bed on returning home.

But the following morning, he did not turn up for work at the glazing company which employed him.

Text messages were sent to a workmate and friend the day after Mr McSpadden was last seen.

Police confirm they were sent from Mr McSpadden’s phone – but they can not confirm they were sent by Mr McSpadden. Since then, there has been no trace of him.

At the time of his disappearance, Mr McSpadden was described as being 6ft tall with brown eyes and at the time of his disappearance had short cropped light brown hair and a scar under his lower lip.

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder during the original 2007 enquiry, but he was never charged.

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