Chris May Disappearance Treated As Murder

25 May 2016, 07:13

Missing Chris May

Police searching for a man from Kelvedon, who has been missing for a year, say they are now treating his disappearance as murder.

Police searching for a man from Kelvedon, who has been missing for a year, say they are now treating his disappearance as murder.

28 year-old Chris May was last seen leaving his father's house in Coggeshall on 25 May, 2015.

His car was later found abandoned on Troy's Chase in Fairsted but, despite extensive searches and several appeals, he has never been found.

DCI Marina Ericson, who is leading the investigation, says she no longer expects him to be alive and believes he had been murdered.

She said: "Chris May had been using drugs and was known to be dealing substances locally including ecstasy, cocaine and mephadrone also known as dolly.

"There is a strong likelihood that Chris’ involvement with drugs is linked to his death.

"Today I am releasing a timeline of Chris' last moments as we know them along with images captured on CCTV of his journey in his silver Volkswagen Golf before it was found abandoned.

"There are a number of questions I still need to answer and I am appealing for the public’s help to get that information. How was he killed? Where? Who by? And where is his body?"

Essex Police has received four letters from anonymous authors climaing to have information about what happened to Mr May, including one sent to Witham Police Station in June last year claiming he died following an assault.

Officers say two of the leters have proven to be hoaxes.

DCI Ericson added: "I am appealing for the person who wrote either of these letters, or anyone with knowledge as to who wrote them, to contact me or my team. We continue to investigate these two letters as it is my belief that the author or authors have knowledge of Chris' death.

"Chris was a loving son, brother and uncle whose disappearance has left a huge hole in his family. They have been without answers for the last year and I am determined to do as much as I possibly can to bring closure to them and find out what happened to him.

"To lose a loved one in any circumstances is difficult but to have so many unanswered questions for so long is a heart-breaking position to be in and one I hope someone will be able to help me rectify for his family".

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