Seven-year-old Daniel Entwistle disappeared from near his home at Copperfield Ave, Great Yarmouth on Saturday 3 May 2003 - a May Bank Holiday weekend.
His parents Paula and David became concerned later that evening when he failed to return for tea and started to look for him, enlisting the assistance of friends and neighbours.
The local community rallied round and soon a major investigation was underway with police seeking help from numerous agencies specialising in search and rescue techniques.
Daniel was identified on the CCTV at Blencowes, a local convenience store nearby to his home at around 5.05pm that day. There were other potential sightings of him during that day including being with a group of other boys seen playing near to the river at Trinity Quay at around 3.30pm.
His little red BMX bike was found abandoned near to the river close to Trinity Quay in the early hours of the next morning and sonar examinations of the riverbed soon formed a major part of the inquiry.
Daniel was described as being 3' 2" tall, of thin build with light brown cropped short hair. He had a pale complexion and a strong Northern accent. Daniel was last seen wearing a blue Adidas T shirt with striped sleeves and an Adidas motif on the chest, blue tracksuit bottoms and grey coloured training shoes.
Despite the huge police search involving many people and other agencies no trace of Daniel was ever found.
Daniel was caught on CCTV before his disappearance
Since Daniel’s disappearance officers have conducted more than 2,500 lines of enquiry and taken more than 580 statements. In the last six years officers have conducted further searches in Great Yarmouth and received several new pieces of information which have all been investigated. However, Daniel remains a missing person to this day. Officers continue to appeal for new information which could help solve this case.
SIO: Andy Guy
Unsolved Case Review Manager: Andy Guy
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