Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Barnsley man in 2019 have arrested two people on suspicion of his murder.
Richard Dyson, 58, has been missing since November 2019. Following extensive enquiries, the investigation team now believes he may have been killed.
A 67-year-old man from Rotherham and a 68-year-old man from Barnsley, have been arrested on suspicion of his murder. They currently remain in police custody.
Mr Dyson was reported missing by his 20-year-old daughter, Bethany, on 25 November 2019. It has since been established that he was last seen walking along the A6135 Sheffield Road, Hoyland at 11pm on 17 November 2019.
In an appeal for more information made just before Christmas, Bethany said: “Every morning I wake up and wonder where my dad is, it’s like a weight is constantly on my chest.”
“I miss him so much, he’s a great dad and we have so many memories together. The hardest thing is not knowing. I just need answers.”
Officers have pursued many lines of enquiry, however, Dyson has not been traced and recent evidence suggests he may have been killed, despite no body being found.
Detective Inspector Neil Coop, in charge of the investigation, said: “Since Richard disappeared 17 months ago, my team and I have worked tirelessly to understand the circumstances surrounding this case.”
He continued: “Unfortunately we have not yet been able to trace him and sadly now believe he may have been killed.
“The arrests made today are as a result of evidence that has recently come to light and I hope we will now move closer to having the answers his family so desperately needs.
“This investigation is progressing quickly, and I once again appeal to anyone who has information that may help to come forward. It’s not too late.”