A MAN has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of murdering Elm man Terry McSpadden.
Terry went missing in March 2007 and no trace of him has ever been found, despite several police appeals.
A 31-year-old man from the Wisbech area was arrested on Monday and yesterday (Tuesday) police said he had been released on police bail after being questioned by officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team. He has been bailed until early in the New Year, pending further enquiries.
Police have also been searching Terry’s home in Outwell Road, Elm.
News of the arrest sparked a flurry of messages on a Facebook page set up to help find Terry and used by more than 500 of his friends and family to keep in touch.
Many hoped for good news to give the family some closure and several people expressed their shock at hearing of the arrest.
His stepmother, Susan Rolfe, wrote: “Thinking of you as always and love you more than words can say.” This sentiment was echoed by Terry’s mum, Helen Thrower, who is a regular poster on the Facebook group Wall.
Father-of-two Terry was last seen on the night of 1 and 2 March 2007 having spent the evening in The Locomotive pub in Wisbech.
He is known to have visited the local Tesco supermarket in Wisbech just before 1am and is then believed to have returned to his home address in Outwell Road.
Since that night there has been no significant information about what has happened to him and his disappearance was completely out of character.
Four months after Terry’s disappearance, a man was arrested and then released without charge, with no further action to be taken. This week’s arrest is the first major development since that arrest.
Detectives within MIT’s Cold Case Team re-examined all the evidence previously gathered with a view to further developing the case and a high-profile media appeal was launched in February.generate new information.