A family are still desperate to find out what happened to a Middleton man who went missing seven years ago.
Tomorrow marks the seventh anniversary since the last sighting of Jeremy Sparks.
“We think something happened to him,” said his sister Jocelyn. “We don’t think he’s alive.
“This is a terribly sad, unresolved and still painful matter.
“All we want is to know what may have happened to our brother.”
Mr Sparks, who was 52 at the time, was last seen by police officers in Sudbury in July, 2007, after spending the night in a cell following an alleged shoplifting incident.
He was staying at Middleton Hall Cottages and was known at the time to be in contact with building contractors from the Telford area, who were working on the conversion of the old Edward Baker’s Mill in Great Cornard.
Reported missing a few weeks later after not contacting family members, his possessions were found in his room and he was said to have no money or identification on him.
The family have not given up hope of finding out where Mr Sparks went or what happened to him.
However, after seven years, they can legally apply for him to be deemed missing, presumed dead.
“We don’t want to do this,” added Ms Sparks
Police have ended active searches for Mr Sparks, but his sister said: “We know that somebody, somewhere, knows something about what happened to Jeremy.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101.