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Police launch fresh appeal to find dad who disappeared four years ago

Robert Duff has been missing since January 2013

Robert Duff has been missing since January 2013

Police at the Archway flat

Police searched a flat in Archway last month

Published: 13 January, 2017
by KOOS COUVÉE

DETECTIVES who are attempting to trace a man who disappeared four years ago have renewed their appeal to the public for information. 

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. 

Last month, more than 20 officers led by Brent CID descended on a flat in Bredgar Road, off Junction Road, and searched the property for two days. Police have refused to say to what extent the search has progressed their investigation.

In a statement released on the fourth anniversary of his disappearance, Mr Duff’s family said: “We miss Robert terribly and he is constantly in our thoughts. The hardest thing is not knowing where he is or what has happened to him. Hearing his voicemail message is all we have. Someone must know something about Robert’s disappearance and our whole family is making this plea to urge anyone who does know anything to end this hell for us by sharing any information they know.”

Mr Duff, a father-of-two who was 37 when he went missing, lived in Ingestre Road in his youth. He 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 not been able to find any 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.

Detective Inspector Lee Dawson, of Brent Police, added: “I urge anyone with any information at all on the whereabouts of Robert to call us immediately. This is a very distressing time for Robert’s family, so please help them by coming forward with any information that will help us trace Robert, no matter how old this information is or how small it may seem.

“I also appeal to Robert: if you are in any trouble then we can help you, just call your family or the police and let us know you are safe.”

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

Anyone with any information about the circumstances of his disappearance is asked to call Brent’s Missing Persons Unit on 020 8733 3734 or 020 8733 3092.

Mr Duff’s daughter, Stephanie, has said anyone with information can also contact her, without involving the police, by phoning 07982 946 334, or the charity Missing People on 116 000.

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