Murder probe launched despite a body not being found has echoes of Sheffield case
A murder probe launched in Chesterfield despite a body not being found has echoes of a South Yorkshire case.
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Chesterfield man Graham Snell have announced that they are now treating his death as murder.
The 71-year-old’s body has not been found but detectives still suspect that he has been killed.
Mr Snell, of Marsden Street, was last seen alive in Chesterfield town centre on Wednesday, June 19.
A 29-year-old Chesterfield man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a 31 year-old man, also from Chesterfield, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Although unusual, it is not the first time a murder investigation has been launched without there being a victim’s body.
In 2009, South Yorkshire detectives launched a murder inquiry following the disappearance of Sheffield GP, Dr Colin Shawcross, from Endcliffe.
The body of the 58-year-old family GP, who worked in Firth Park for 30 years, lay undiscovered for five months while detectives investigated his murder.
He was bludgeoned to death by the jealous ex-husband of a woman he had a brief affair with.
Detectives arrested and charged Dr Shawcross’ killer, Andrew Hill, of Walseker Lane, Harthill, almost immediately after the GP’s disappearance was reported.
But he refused to co-operate with the search for the body and it took five months before the remains were found.
Hill was found guilty of murder after a trial and was ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years behind bars.
The convicted killer continues to protest his innocence from behind bars.