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Missing Hertfordshire farmer case: Now being treated as murder

William Taylor was last seen on June 3rd Credit: Family photo

Hertfordshire police has begun a murder inquiry in the case of a farmer who has been missing since June.

William 'Bill' Taylor was last seen at his home in Gosmore on the 3rd June just before his 70th Birthday.

Numerous police searches have taken place since then, but now police have begun a murder investigation as four people are arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Three men, aged 18, 22 and 53 years old and a 52 year old woman, who are all from Hitchin, were arrested this morning (19th September).

They have also been arrested on suspicion of arson and conspiracy to commit arson in connection with a vehicle fire.

One of the previous police search teams looking for Mr Taylor. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Extensive enquiries and searches have been carried out since William was reported missing, including a thorough search of the farmland surrounding his home. Today, further searches are taking place at three other addresses in North Herts. William’s body has not been found and our inquiries are continuing. Understandably this is an extremely difficult time for his family and they have asked for their privacy to be respected.”

– Det Ch Insp Carl Foster, Major Crime Unit