A GRANDAD who is thought to have been murdered has now been missing for more than four weeks.
Robert Hutchinson, 57, was last seen at 6.20pm on Monday, June 23, as he left his home in Corporation Road, Hendon.
He was reported missing three days later.
He left in his car – a blue Nissan Micra – which was later recovered at the end of Stewart Street, just off Chester Road in Sunderland.
Last week, two men, aged 55 and 39, were questioned on suspicion of Mr Hutchinson’s murder.
They have since been released on police bail.
A team of detectives has been working around the clock to locate Mr Hutchinson and hours of CCTV has been trawled through. His daughter Paula, 30, has repeatedly pleaded for her dad, who is grandad to her son Josh, eight, to get in touch if he can.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Musgrove said: “Robert was a dedicated family man and a doting grandfather.
“He visited his grandson most days, as well as spending time visiting other friends and family.
“This is an exceptionally difficult time for his family who are desperate to know what has happened to him.
“It is crucial people who have information now come forward.
“Someone must have information, and I would ask those people to think about how they would feel if this was their family member – a grandson is missing his grandfather, a son and daughter are missing their father.
“I believe there are people within the community who will have information that will assist the inquiry and I would urge those people to come forward.
“We don’t know what happened to Robert or where he is now. How did his vehicle come to be in Stewart Street?
“If anyone saw him, either leaving his home or in Stewart Street, or saw the car or the car being parked in Stewart Street, we want to hear from them.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 ext 69191, ref. 410 260614, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.