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Vanish mystery case reopened

PUBLISHED: 16:18 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:28 23 August 2010

UNSOLVED: Karl Hotchkiss disappeared in 1993

UNSOLVED: Karl Hotchkiss disappeared in 1993

THE case of a man who vanished 16 years ago leaving behind his three-year-old son is to be re-opened by detectives investigating unsolved cases. Kent Police s Cold Case Investigation Team is re-examining the disappearance of Karl Hotchkiss, known as Bert

THE case of a man who vanished 16 years ago leaving behind his three-year-old son is to be re-opened by detectives investigating unsolved cases.

Kent Police's Cold Case Investigation Team is re-examining the disappearance of Karl Hotchkiss, known as Bert, formerly of Empress Road, Gravesend.

He went missing in Gravesend over the Easter weekend of 1993 and was last seen on April 11 of that year after an argument with his girlfriend at her home in Wellington Street, Gravesend.

Speaking at the time his stepbrother John Goodwin said: "He's never gone off before and we haven't a clue where he is. He didn't take anything with him and I don't know what money he had on him.

"Whenever he has fallen out with his girlfriend before he has always called someone but this time he hasn't contacted anyone. He has always got to have someone he knows round him. He's not the sort to go off and make friends. I'd ask him to call us even if it's just to say he's alright."

The unsolved disappearance is being investigated with the full support of his family, who still live in the area and his now 19-year-old son, also named Karl.

Headed by DCI Dave Withers, the team is based in Chatham and will progress new lines of inquiry through the latest forensic techniques.

The team, part of the Major Crime Department, investigates unsolved murders, rapes and sex attacks and looks at long standing missing person enquires.

Bert was 24 when he went missing and was last seen in the Old Manor Shades public house, Manor Road (now The Manor) and the Station Inn pub, Gravesend (now Bar 24, Station Road).

He was wearing black baggy tracksuit bottoms and green and black trainers.

Having been a boxer when he was younger he was physically fit in appearance, and lived and worked in Gravesend. He was 5ft 5in, proportionate build, had blue eyes, short brown spiked hair with various scars and tattoos on his body.

Do you know the whereabouts of Karl 'Bert' Hotchkiss?

Call the Cold Case team on 01634 843048 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or e-mail michael.adkins@archant.co.uk if you knew Karl.

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