Three men arrested on suspicion of murder of Thomas Groome released on bail

Three men arrested on suspicion of the murder of 56-year-old Thomas Groome have been released on bail.

We are working hard to establish the circumstances surrounding Thomas’ disappearance and are looking into whether Thomas made it out of the country in 2010; we are trying to trace his car and any sightings of it.

“This is likely to be a lengthy investigation as we have several geographical areas to search and liaison overseas with officials in Portugal and the Republic of Ireland. There is also additional in-depth forensic work to be carried out in various areas and we are still searching the properties of the men we arrested.

– Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray

Thomas Groome was last seen on New Year's Day in 2010 after he spent Christmas 2009 with his family in Barnsley and celebrated New Year in Doncaster with family.

He left his son's house in Thorne, Doncaster on New Year's Day, and his family understood that he was travelling to Portugal where he intended to settle and start up a small business.

He was last seen driving a distinctive 2002, left-hand drive, black, sporty-looking VW Golf.