Fresh plea to solve mystery of missing Sunderland grandad, suspected murdered, on first anniversary of his disappearance

Robert Hutchinson.
Robert Hutchinson.
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Detectives trying to crack the unsolved murder of a Sunderland grandad have issued a plea for help on the first anniversary of his disappearance.

Robert Hutchinson was last seen leaving home in Corporation Road, in Hendon, at 6.20pm on Monday, June 23, last year.

The 57-year-old left in his blue Nissan Micra, which was later found in Stewart Street, off Chester Road, in Millfield.

After extensive inquiries to locate Robert, police believe he had come to harm and a murder investigation was launched.

Today, police will return to Hendon and the area around Stewart Street and Chester Road to appeal for information.

His daughter Paula and her brother Gavin Newton have previously spoken of the hurt caused by not knowing what happened to Robert, who is a grandfather to Josh. Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Theaker, who is leading the murder inquiry for Northumbria Police, said: “It’s now a year since Robert was last seen and both us and his family need answers to what happened to him.

It’s now a year since Robert was last seen and both us and his family need answers to what happened to him.

Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Theaker

“There will be people within the community who will have information about his murder and information that can assist with our enquiry and we need them to come forward and speak to us.

“I want people to think back to this time last year and think about what they were doing and whether they saw anything that may help.

“Robert’s car was found at the end of Stewart Street near to Chester Road, it had been left sometime overnight between Monday, June 23, and Tuesday, June 24.

“Chester Road is a busy road and if anyone was in the area then again I’d ask them to get in contact.”

Robert Hutchinson's blue Nissan Micra.

Robert Hutchinson's blue Nissan Micra.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, with information treated in the strictest of confidence and anonymously if necessary.

Paula Hutchinson and Gavin Newton want to find out what happened to their father, Robert Hutchinson.

Paula Hutchinson and Gavin Newton want to find out what happened to their father, Robert Hutchinson.