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Missing father-of two: police carry out two-day search of Archway flat

Robert Duff

Robert Duff has been missing since January 2013. Below, police at the Archway flat

 
Police at Archway flat

Published: 16 December, 2016
by KOOS COUVÉE

POLICE tracing a man who disappeared nearly four years ago spent two days searching a flat in Archway this week, the Tribune can reveal.

Robert Duff, who was last seen in Upper Holloway, was reported missing in January 2013 when he failed to turn up at a celebratory meal marking his daughter’s 18th birthday. He has not been seen or heard from since. 

On Tuesday, more than 20 officers descended on a flat in Bredgar Road, off Junction Road, and searched the property for two days.

Detectives from Brent CID led the investigation, the Tribune has learned. A Met spokesman confirmed the search was connected to the disappearance of Mr Duff. However, in a statement later Scotland Yard said only that the search was “related to an existing police investigation” and that it was “not prepared to discuss further for operational reasons”.

When approached by the Tribune last night (Thursday), a man at the property that was searched said he knew Mr Duff “years ago”, adding: “They [police] were here, just wanted to have a look.” He declined to comment further.

Mr Duff, a father-of-two who was 37 when he went missing, lived in Ingestre Road in his youth, trained as a metal engineer and performed in Camden Town bars and clubs under the name DJ Flight. He was living in Kilburn at the time of his disappearance.

Police have trawled security cameras, but have been able to find no trace of him since he was captured on CCTV withdrawing cash from an ATM in Holloway Road shortly before he went missing.

His bank account and phone, which have been monitored by police, remain untouched. Scotland Yard said last month that they are continuing to treat the case as a missing persons investigation and have not opened a murder file. The last communication he made was a voicemail message believed to have been accidentally left on his daughter’s phone on January 12, 2013 – the last time he was seen.

In an interview with the Tribune’s sister paper, the Camden New Journal, last month, Mr Duff’s daughter Stephanie, 21, said she would “never give up” the search for her father, adding: “I would walk the streets every night if I thought I could find him. He’s a family man. We need him. Nothing is the same. Family events, Christmas. Nothing can be enjoyed now. I dread Christmas.”

In a message to her father, Ms Duff said: “If you are out there, we just want to know you are safe and we love you.”

Ms Duff said anyone with information could contact her, without involving the police, by phoning 07982 946 334 or the charity Missing People on 116 000.

Mr Duff was known to frequent Camden, Archway and Holloway.

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