Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Riddle Set for Another Twist; DIVERS JOIN SEARCH FOR MISSING 'MURDER' VICTIM

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Riddle Set for Another Twist; DIVERS JOIN SEARCH FOR MISSING 'MURDER' VICTIM

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Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter

A BAFFLING suspected murder riddle dating back to 2002 is set to take yet another twist.

What happened to Robert 'Scott' Clive after he vanished from his Tyneside bedsit in October 2002 has mystified his family and police.

It was feared Scots-born Mr Clive, known as Scott or Scotty, had met a sinister fate.

His flat in Prudhoe Terrace, North Shields, was left untouched, and all his possessions were left behind.

But despite a body never being found, and seven people being arrested and bailed over the 30-year-old's disappearance, police never gave up solving the mystery.

And now it looks as though there may be a breakthrough as police divers began searching the Tyne.

The Chronicle can today reveal a police review into missing Mr Clive has been underway for several weeks.

Detectives, led by a senior investigating officer, have been looking at a number of pieces of evidence surrounding the case.

And yesterday, our cameras captured marine division officers trawling a stretch of the Tyne beneath the old Brewery Bond warehouse on the North Shields quayside.

It is understood they have recovered bones, but after analysis, they turned out to be animal remains.

A police spokesman said: "A search of the river Tyne was launched to extend the parameters of areas which hadn't been searched in the past in connection with the disappearance of Robert Scott Clive."

Now the Chronicle understands the inquiry is set for a further twist within days - following the review of evidence.

Police hope it will bring closure for Mr Clive's family and friends.

His tearful mother Patricia Clive said from her home in Scotland at the time of her son's disappearance: "He is very close to his family and always kept in touch, sometimes three times a day.

"If he was alive I believe he would have contacted us by now.

"We fear something has happened to him.

"He moved to Tyneside in January 2002 as there's not much work in Stranraer and most of the jobs are part time.

"He missed home but liked living in North Shields. …

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