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Crimewatch's missing seaman plea
Simon Parkes
Simon Parkes was last seen in Gibraltar in December 1986
Detectives investigating the suspected murder of a sailor who disappeared in Gibraltar are to appeal on television to a person with vital information.

Simon Parkes was 18 when he disappeared after a shore trip from the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious in 1986.

The South Gloucestershire radio operator's body has never been found.

Hampshire police will appeal to a person who contacted the BBC after watching BBC Two's July documentary, Body Hunt: The Search for Simon Parkes.

'Unanswered questions '

Det Insp John Ashworth, who has been leading the investigation, said: "I would strongly urge this person to contact us.

"I have always been convinced that someone out there knows what happened to Simon.

"This inquiry has been running for a long time now, and his family need to have answers to their questions.

"For his family's sake, I would appeal to the person who called the BBC in July, to please get in touch."

Mr Parkes went missing after a night out with his colleagues.

Officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police have been involved in a joint investigation with Hampshire Constabulary into his disappearance since 2000.

The appeal will be made on Crimewatch at 2100 BST on BBC One.




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