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Eleven years on no ending in sight to Luke Durbin mystery

Missing Suffolk teenager Luke Durbin

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the disappearance of Suffolk teenager Luke Durbin and it seems what happened to him is still as much of a mystery as ever.

The nineteen year old from Hollesley was on a night out with friends in Ipswich on Thursday May 11th 2006.

In the early hours of the Friday morning he became separated from the group.

Despite a massive police investigation countless appeals for information from his mum Nikki and large scale publicity no trace of Luke has ever been found.

CCTV images from the area were released in the first weeks of the investigation in a bid to trace those in the area at the time and police are re-releasing some of these in a bid to try to trigger memories eleven years on.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hayward said:

A cyclist close to the scene where Luke Durbin was last seen in May 2006
A dog walker seen close to where Luke Durbin was last seen in 2006

Although a number of people came forward or were traced early in the investigation, there remain those in the area around the time of the last sighting of Luke who were not identified. All of those pictured in CCTV images issued at the time were treated as potential witnesses and this remains the case – there is nothing at this time to indicate they had any involvement in his disappearance - but we are keen to speak to them.

– DI Kevin Hayward, Suffolk Police

In 2012 police made two arrests – one on suspicion of murder, the other on suspicion of being concerned in the murder of Luke Durbin – however both men faced no further action.

To try and jog people's memories police have also released some news headlines from the time

  • Joe Royle left as manager of Ipswich Town Football Club (11 May);
  • Gnarls Barkley was number one in the UK charts with ‘Crazy’;
  • The Da Vinci Code film was about to premier in the UK;
  • Liverpool FC won the FA Cup against West Ham United FC on penalties after a last minute 40 yard Steven Gerrard equaliser (13 May).

Anyone with information about Luke’s disappearance can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.