Police appeal on anniversary of disappearance

Paul Morson
Paul Morson

DETECTIVES investigating the mysterious disappearance of a St Helens man have appealed for the public’s help on the first anniversary of the day he went missing.

Paul Morson, of Spinners Drive, Sutton, was last seen in a friend’s borrowed van on Tarbock Road, Huyton, on June 8 last year.

The van, a Renault Kangoo, was found abandoned by the roadside on the A50 in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, two weeks later and, despite repeated police appeals, Paul’s whereabouts could not be established.

Three people have since been charged with Paul’s murder and are set to go on trial at Liverpool Crown Court later this year.

But, as Paul’s body has never been found, police are still eager to hear from anyone who may be holding the information which could give Paul’s family closure.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Brunskill, from Merseyside Police’s Major Incident Team, said: “Through extensive inquiries we believe Paul was murdered shortly after the last confirmed sighting in Huyton on June 8. His disappearance was so out of character and unusual that we treated it as a high priority missing person enquiry from an early stage.

“Sadly, our investigation led us to believe that he had been killed and his body disposed of in some way. Paul’s family and partner have been left devastated by what has happened and have not even been able to mourn his death in the way they want to due to him having not been found.

“I am confident that someone out there still has information that could help the family deal with their tragic loss by helping us find his body. I would urge people who do know to search their consciences and imagine what Paul’s family are going through and do the right thing.”

Anyone with information can do so anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, they can call the police on 0151 777 8660.

* Ray Brierly, 59, of Windy Arbour Road, Whiston, John Burns, 33, of Kipling Avenue, Huyton, and Scott Callaghan, 33, of Abbey Road, Knotty Ash, have all been charged with murder.

Callaghan is also charged with perverting the course of justice.

A fourth person arrested in connection with Paul’s disappearance - a 23-year-old Whiston man - has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.