TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a dad who went missing in November 2019.
Detectives say that after extensive enquiries they believe that Richard Dyson (58) may have been killed.
A 67-year-old man from Rotherham and a 68-year-old from Barnsley have been arrested and remain in police custody.
Mr Dyson was last seen by daughter Bethany Dainty on November 15, 2019. She reported him missing ten days later after he missed their next meeting.
An investigation established that Mr Dyson was last seen at 11pm on November 17, walking along the A6135 Sheffield Road in Hoyland, where he lived.
Despite officers pursuing many lines of enquiry, Mr Dyson has not been traced. Evidence which has recently been reviewed suggests he may have been killed, despite no body being found, police said.
Det Insp Neil Coop said: “Since Richard disappeared 17 months ago, my team and I have worked tirelessly to understand the circumstances surrounding this case.
“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.
“As you can imagine, this is an extremely difficult time for Richard’s family, including his daughter.
“Specially trained officers continue to support her, and I ask that you respect her privacy as she comes to terms with the news she has received.
“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.”
Call 101 quoting incident 459 of November 25, 2019, or give information anonymously via www.crimestoppers-uk.org or 0800 555 111.