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Craig Wilcox: Appeal over Dove Stone reservoir murder

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Image caption Craig Wilcox was found seven weeks after he was last seen alive

The family of a man whose body was found in a Greater Manchester reservoir have appealed for information about his murder a year after he disappeared.

Craig Wilcox, 28, was last seen at a relative's house before being found dead seven weeks later in Dove Stone Reservoir, Saddleworth on 24 February.

Police said he told a friend he "feared for his safety". Six men have been arrested but no-one has been charged.

Mr Wilcox's mother Carolyn said: "We need someone to tell us what happened."

Image caption Carolyn Wilcox said her grandson misses his father Craig

The father-of-one's body was found by underwater search teams. A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive.

Mrs Wilcox said: "Our family are just heartbroken, we all miss him.

"Please come and tell us what has happened to Craig because we need to know."

Mr Wilcox was reported missing after failing to return home following a visit to relatives in Norfolk Crescent, Failsworth on 6 January 2014.

Police traced his mobile phone to the Dove Stone area at about 22:10 GMT later that day. It was then taken back towards Newton Heath at about 22:30 GMT.

Image caption Mr Wilcox's body was found in Dove Stone Reservoir near Saddleworth

Det Ch Insp Terry Crompton said: "He had no reason to be in the area especially at that time of night, Craig had no means of transport and we do not know how he travelled to Dove Stone or who he was with.

"We want to get answers for Craig's family and friends. Imagine if your son, brother or friend had been killed in this way, you would want people to come forward with information to find those responsible."

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and the production of cannabis. A sixth man has been arrested for production of cannabis.

They have been released on police bail.

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