Suffolk: Police renew appeal to trace missing Luke Durbin seven years on from his disappearance

Luke Durbin

Luke Durbin - Credit: Archant

SEVEN years on from his disappearance, Suffolk Police is renewing its appeal for information about missing teenager Luke Durbin in the hope of finding out what has happened to him.

The 19-year-old from from Hollesley, near Woodbridge, was reported missing to Suffolk Police by his mother, Nicki, on Saturday, May 13, 2006.

Luke had been on a night out with friends in Ipswich on Thursday, May 11, through to the early hours of Friday, May 12, but failed to return home.

He has not been seen by his family or made contact with them since – something which is considered wholly out of character for him.

Detectives from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team have been investigating Luke’s disappearance and are now renewing their appeal in the hope that someone may hold vital information which could help with the case.


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Detective Superintendent John Brocklebank, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are refocusing our inquiries and renewing our appeals for information.

“Someone out there knows what happened to Luke and we are determined to find out to give his family some sort of closure.”

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Seven years ago, Luke had spent the evening of Thursday, May 11 with friends in Ipswich.

He was captured on CCTV in Cardinal Park just after midnight, inside Hawk Express taxis at 3.30am and near to the bus station in Dogs Head Street, Ipswich at 4am on Friday, May 12.

There has finally been a report of Luke being seen in Woodbridge in a dark blue Renault Megane car being driven by a black man between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, May 13 near to the entrance to the Turban Centre car park on Quay Side, Woodbridge.

Det Supt Brocklebank said: “Although we have spoken to many people who saw Luke late on Thursday, May 11 and into the early hours of Friday, May 12 we haven’t been able to piece together where he went after 4am.

“Did you see someone matching Luke’s description trying to get a lift? Did you see him knocking on people’s doors? Did Luke visit your address or do you know if he stayed at someone else’s address in Ipswich or elsewhere?

“Any information, however small could help us. Each time we issue a media appeal, we receive calls and information from people; each and every piece of information is followed up on to see if it can help our investigation.

“Someone knows what happened to Luke and is holding back information.

“All calls are treated in the strictest confidence and can also be made anonymously. I am making a direct plea to anyone who has any information to please contact us as your call could be key to helping us to find out what happened to Luke.”

Anyone who has any information in relation to Luke’s disappearance should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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