Police are releasing three images of Volvo cars in a new bid to get information about Luke Durbin’s disappearance.
The vehicles are similar to the one seen on CCTV minutes after the last images of Luke in Ipswich town centre in the early hours of Friday 12 May 2006 and police hope the images may jog someone’s memory to help trace the driver and any occupants.
The appeal is being made as Luke’s family mark his 29th birthday - the tenth birthday they have had to endure without him.
Detective Superintendent John Brocklebank said; “Following the Crimestoppers reward appeal we received several calls and pieces of information around possible locations and suspects, and we are pleased with the response, however none of these have provided specific details. We are researching the information provided to see if this can be developed but we haven’t got the crucial piece yet – and we believe there are still those that may be able to help.
“We are particularly keen to find the person who owned or drove the vehicle seen on CCTV in the area minutes after the final sighting we have of Luke on CCTV and would still like to hear from anyone who may have information about who had a similar vehicle in May 2006.
“To this end we are releasing images of vehicles that are similar to the one seen in the actual CCTV footage to see if this jogs someone’s memory. We appreciate that this is nine years ago but you may be able to help us identify who was driving this vehicle that night.”
The last images of Luke were captured on CCTV walking across Dogs Head Street in the direction of the bus station at 4am on Friday May 12, 2006.
The vehicle was seen on CCTV a short distance away in Orwell Place at 4.09am. It is known this is a silver or white coloured Volvo 440 saloon car – similar to the ones pictured – and police are keen to trace the driver and any occupants of the vehicle.
Det Supt Brocklebank continued: “Despite appeals and enquiries we have not been able to positively identify the occupants of this car and we’re asking anyone who may be able to help to come forward. The type of car has been identified by the Transport Research Laboratory and we’d like to hear from anyone who knows someone who had access to a silver or white coloured Volvo 440 around May 2006 who may have been in Ipswich around 4am that day.
“Our enquiries have identified a possible registration M206 LYE but it appears this was registered in a false name and address so we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may be able to shed light on who owned or had access to a Volvo car bearing this registration in May 2006.
“I can understand that someone may feel reluctant to come forward to the police but I would like to reassure them that we can protect them if necessary and they can come forward in complete confidence to speak to an officer on the case.”
A reward of up to £20,000, facilitated via the independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Luke’s disappearance and murder, remains in place. This will be available until March 2016 and police are urging anyone with information to come forward. The reward has been co-funded by Luke’s mum Nicki, Crimestoppers, the East Anglia Daily Times/Ipswich Star and Suffolk Police.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance and murder of Luke Durbin then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org/give-info
Anyone with information into Luke Durbin’s disappearance can also call the Incident Room at Suffolk Police Major Investigation Team on 01473 668999.