Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murder Mystery as Man Goes Missing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murder Mystery as Man Goes Missing

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Byline: By Brenda Hickman

A missing person mystery took a sinister twist today when police reveal-ed they are treating the disappearance of Kevin Palmer as murder.

The man nicknamed John Bon Jovi moved from his native North East more than 10 years ago.

He disappeared in the Hampshire area and now police have revealed the new twist in the inquiry.

Meanwhile detectives began stripping the home of a jailed drug dealer last week in the hunt for clues to his whereabouts.

A case file about Mr Palmer was passed to the Hampshire Police by North East detectives.

Today the officer in charge of the inquiry, Det Insp Alison Scott of Hampshire CID said: "We need information about the last known movements of Kevin John Palmer.

"Kevin was called John by his friends and family, and also known by the nickname of Jon Bon Jovi. He was last seen in the Bishop's Waltham area on March 13 1999.

"His disappearance was reported to police in the North East, where Mr Palmer originally came from. It was during the course of a review by the police in the North East last year that the file was referred to Hampshire.

"We now believe that something more sinister had befallen him and have launched a murder inquiry. We have not located a body, but do firmly believe he has been the victim of foul play."

Hampshire's Major Crime Unit detectives have spent all week examining the Bishop's Waltham home of convicted drug trafficker John Howett.

Forensic scientists combed the semi-detached house in Hoe Road for clues, focusing on a brick conservatory at the rear.

They also removed internal fittings from the building and a four-wheel drive car parked outside.

Mi Casa is owned by 52-year-old Howett, who was jailed for 12 years for importing 250kg of cannabis from Moroccan barons into Gibraltar.

He is serving his jail term at Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight, but since he was jailed in July 2002 his second wife Tracey - who married Howett after his conviction - has lived at the house. …

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