Police search land by M53 in bid to solve 1992 Steven Preston murder
Specialist officers from Merseyside Police are focusing on an area near junction 5 of the M53 in the Eastham, Wirral, after new information was received about Steven Preston.
The 23-year-old, from Heath Road, Bebington, was reported missing in September 1992 after he was last seen by his late mother when he waved to her from his bedroom window as she left for work.
Superintendent Ian Hassall said: “Today a painstaking search is being carried out following information recently obtained by detectives which suggest that Steven may have been murdered and buried in a specific area of land near to junction 5 of the M53 motorway. This work is being undertaken in a bid to find out what happened to Steven.
Hewas last seen by his late mother when he waved to her from his bedroom window as she left for work
He adored my mum and it destroyed her when he disappeared
“Steven's sister, Jane, is aware of the information that has been received and is aware that we are conducting this search.
“Jane is still anxious to find out what happened to her brother after all these years.”
Talking about her younger brother, Jane said: “My little brother went missing over 20 years ago. He lived in Bebington all his life. Bebington was a much smaller place than it is now and everybody knew everyone.
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“He adored my mum and it destroyed her when he disappeared. She knew instantly that he wouldn't have just left and never contact her again and that something awful must have happened to him.
“After all this time has passed, if anyone knows anything or heard anything at the time, no matter how insignificant, if they could come forward it could help us find some answers.”
Supt Hassall said: “The question still remains, where is Steven Preston? A young man in 20s doesn't just leave home and vanish into thin air. Somebody, somewhere must know where he is, or what happened to him, and I would urge them to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about Mr Preston should contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 8663, or the independent Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.