A £10,000 reward has been put up for information relating to the disappearance and murder of Newbridge man Kyle Vaughan.
The money will be paid by independent charity Crimestoppers if it receives information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Kyle’s death, which happened almost nine years ago.
People can contact the charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Kyle, who was 24-years-old when he went missing, has not been seen since December 30, 2012 when he was spotted driving on the A467. His damaged silver Peugeot 306 was later found on the same road at around 11.45pm between Risca and Crosskeys.
Police believe Kyle’s car was in a crash and that he had managed to walk away from it. Despite no body ever being found, police believe Kyle was murdered.
At the time Kyle went missing, it is believed he was wearing a dark-coloured beanie hat, a dark coloured T-shirt, three-quarter length denim shorts, white trainers and a gold chain.
Mick Duthie, Crimestoppers Director of Operations, said: “It is understandably very difficult for Kyle’s family who are still desperate for answers and to know what really happened. We are hoping our appeal and reward will remind the public about this case and the important role they can play in Kyle’s friends and family seeking justice. We believe that somebody knows what has happened to Kyle.
“If you want to do the right thing – but feel unable to speak directly to the police – please remember that Crimestoppers charity can help. I would like to reassure people that our charity has taken information since we began back in the late 1980s. We have always kept our promise of anonymity and millions of people have trusted us with their crime information.
“We won’t judge. We don’t ask your name. We just listen to what you know. When you hang up the phone or click send, you’re done. We promise that you will remain completely anonymous. Our UK Contact Centre is open 24/7 on 0800 555 111 or you can use our anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No-one will know you contacted us and it could be your information that makes all the difference.”
While eight people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance over the years, no one has been charged.
Eight arrested and released without charge
- A 22-year-old woman from Newbridge arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
- A 62-year-old man from Newbridge arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
- A 21-year-old man from Newbridge arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
- A 15-year-old boy from Abercarn arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
- A 27-year-old woman from Cwmfelinfach arrested on suspicion of murder.
- A 28-year-old man from Cwmfelinfach arrested on suspicion of murder.
- A 25-year-old man from Blackwood arrested on suspicion of murder.
- A 27-year-old man from Blackwood arrested on suspicion of murder.
In October 2016, Kyle, who attended Cwmcarn High School, was officially presumed dead by the High Court.
In 2018, Kyle’s mother, Mary, passed away after a terminal illness, not knowing what happened to her son.
Kyle’s father, Alan, speaking in August to mark his son’s 32nd birthday, said: “We want to find Kyle. It would be good to know that Mary will be with him.”
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Detective chief superintendent Nicky Brain said at the time: “This has obviously been an extensive enquiry. To date, 40 areas have been searched, over 200 people interviewed, over 180 intelligence logs submitted and nearly 900 witness statements taken.
“Unfortunately though, we still don’t have the answers we need, and Kyle’s family so desperately want.
“We are still keen to receive any information that may assist our enquiries, however minor you may feel it is.”
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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