UK police still attempting to trace missing expat in Tenerife

Published:  11 Jul at 6 PM
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British police are again asking for information about a UK expat who went missing more than 14 years ago in Tenerife.

Kevin Ainley, a British expat living and working on the Spanish island of Tenerife, went missing in June 2004 and hasn’t been heard of since. Aged 24 at the time he disappeared, he had many friends both back in the UK and on the island, and his family are still hoping for new information which might at least put their minds at rest. Lancashire Police review officer Garry Fishwick told local media he knows the mystery began many years ago, but somebody must know something.

He’s asking if anyone still remembers an argument between the missing man and staff on the door of the Café del Moar at around 6.a.m.on the morning of June 13th, 2004, following which Kevin went off in the direction of his apartment block. Later that day, he and several friends were seen at Merlin’s Chinese Buffet in the Patch district, with Kevin spotted leaving alone and heading for the Sportsman Bar where he was working as a promoter. The next day, his father received a phone call from one of his son’s friends asking him if Kevin was with him as he was worried he hadn’t seen him.

After having heard nothing from her son for a full week, Kevin’s mother reported him missing and the hunt began. Spanish police conducted a full investigation, working with Lancashire police on several lines of enquiry leading back to the UK, all to no avail as no trace was found of the missing man. In 2005, two police officers travelled to Tenerife without success, and in 2012 a review of the case failed to find a solution to the cause of Kevin’s disappearance.

After 14 years, his parents and his sister Gemma are still suffering his apparent loss, with Gemma saying it’s a dull pain that doesn’t go away. She’s convinced someone knows what happened to her brother, saying the that person is keeping it to himself. Local police are asking anyone who can shed light on the mystery to contact either Lancashire police or Crimestoppers, who will pass the information to Interpol and thence to the Spanish police.
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