Dad’s plea for chance to say goodbye to son

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A dad has renewed his plea for information to find the body of his murdered son so that his family can finally say goodbye.

Tony Thompson is offering a £5,000 reward for details that lead to the discovery of 34-year-old Murray.

His killer James Evans, 24, was jailed for 21 years in September and Tony has not ruled out appealing to the murderer himself to reveal where Murray’s body lies.

“It is hard to put into words what we feel. We still get quite upset,” said retired Tony, who lives in Chipperfield.

“It is on your mind all the time, even when you are asleep you are still dreaming things.”

“We have just got to plead with their nature and just hope that they see the reason why they should come forward to help.

“It is a case of put yourself in the position of someone like myself and think how you would feel.”

Tony and Murray’s mother Geraldine, who lives in Hemel Hempstead, had no idea that their son was involved in the world of drugs and thought he was helping to refurbish properties for renting. It transpired that the courier, who worked for Hemel Hempstead firm Gil-Lec and went missing in April 2010, had been tending to cannabis plants.

Tony said: “It did come as a shock but obviously people that have got any involvement in drugs are very secretive. Obviously he knew we would have been very upset and disappointed if we did know about it.”

The family – including Murray’s fiancee Rachel McDowell – hope to one day be able to hold a funeral or memorial service. “We haven’t been able to do anything like that. It is just like we haven’t seen him for three years,” said Tony, 66.

“We just feel we are still left dangling by not knowing exactly what happened. Although three people are serving sentences over the crime, we still don’t know what happened. The biggest problem is where he is, although we do appreciate that he is dead.

“There wouldn’t have been convictions if there was any doubt.”

The man behind the Watford drug operation, Lee Sullivan, 47, was last year jailed for eight years for producing cannabis and conspiring to pervert the course of justice, while Amit Agar, of Parkfield, Chorleywood, was sentenced to seven years and ordered to pay £50,000 in costs for perverting the course of justice, conspiracy to produce cannabis and intimidation of a witness.

Anyone with information about Murray should call the non-emergency police number 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.