The parents of a man from Newbridge who went missing a year ago today, say the past 12 months have been a living nightmare. Kyle Vaughan's friends and family marked the anniversary of his disappearance with a walk through Newport.
Gwent Police launched a murder inquiry shortly after Kyle went missing and say they're still fully committed to finding him. Alexandra Lodge reports.
The detective leading the investigation into Kyle Vaughan's disappearance says his team is "fully committed to finding the truth" about how he went missing.
Mr Vaughan, 24, known to friends as 'Jabbers,' was last seen at his Newbridge home on December 30 last year.
His damaged silver Peugeot 306 was found abandoned on the A467 between Risca and Crosskeys later that night. A major murder investigation was launched within a week of his disappearance.
This is one of the most extensive investigations I have worked on, and being a year on without finding Kyle is obviously extremely difficult and upsetting for his friends and family.
This is very much still a live investigation and we remain fully committed to establishing exactly what happened to Kyle a year ago today.
Someone out there will know what happened that night and I would urge them to come forward with any information they may have. They can do this by calling 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
During the investigation eight people have been arrested, and five released without charge. Two men, aged 25 and 27, from the Blackwood area, were arrested on suspicion of murder and are on currently on bail along with a 15-year-old boy from Abercarn arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
A walk held to mark the anniversary of the disappearance of Kyle Vaughan raised £400 for the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA). Kyle's parents, Alan and Mary, were joined by friends and family for the Walk With Us march from Rodney Parade through Newport city centre.
Today marks one year since Kyle Vaughan went missing. Gwent Police has released details of the investigation into his disappearance. To date:
- 1,800 pieces of property have been analysed including 180 mobile sim cards
- Around 10,000 lines of telecoms (texts) have been analysed
- More than 200 hours of CCTV footage has been checked
- Over 390 statements have been collected
- Five square miles searched around where he was last seen
Kyle's family are receiving ongoing support from specialist officers.
Police say they're still investigating the disappearance of Kyle Vaughan, a year on from the day he went missing.
Kyle was last seen on the 30th of December 2012. Gwent Police launched a murder investigation and eight people were arrested with three still currently on bail.
Last month, an extended two-week search was carried out around the Newbridge area.
Hundreds of balloons released at Rodney Parade in Newport to mark almost a year since Kyle Vaughan went missing.
The parents of missing Kyle Vaughan are holding a fundraiser walk in his honour- nearly a year on since his disappearance.
The walk will start at 2pm from the Newport Gwent Dragons' ground in Newport and will last 35 minutes, finishing with the release of balloons.
Parents Alan and Mary Vaughan say they are hoping the event will help to raise awareness in the hope for new information.
The father of missing man Kyle Vaughan from Newbridge has made a fresh appeal for information about his son, describing the situation as a 'nightmare'.
Alan Vaughan believes Kyle is dead, but says the family are in limbo and can't grieve properly without answers.
The 24-year-old vanished on December 30 last year and exactly what happened to him remains a mystery.
A £5,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information, but Mr Vaughan told ITV News: "Money is not the issue. The issue is my son."
Police are continuing their search for 27-year-old Newbridge man Kyle Vaughan, who was last seen almost a year ago.
Here's what we know about the search to date:
- More than 1,800 pieces of property analysed, including over 180 mobile phone SIM cards
- Around 4,800 mobile phone contacts investigated and 10,000 lines of telecoms data (eg text messages) analysed
- Over 130 CCTV sites visited and 200 hours of footage analysed
- Over 390 statements have been collected
Around five square miles have been searched, comprising routes to Kyle’s home address and the A467 - the last reported sighting of him.
Search areas have included woodland and forestry, pathways and roadways and rivers.
Five people - four males and one female - are on bail in relation to the investigation.
Police recovery dogs have been brought in as the search for missing man Kyle Vaughan continues.
The 24-year-old has not been seen since December 2012.
Officers and dogs are searching woodland near the town of Newbridge in Caerphilly.