28/01/2019

Detectives Fear Missing Naheed Khan Has Come to Serious Harm

Senior detectives investigating the disappearance of Naheed Khan, 43, fear that she has come to serious harm after extensive work to trace her since she was reported missing in June 2018.

Naheed Naheed, also known as Nadine or Nad, from Thornaby, has not been in touch with family or friends despite the birth of her first grandchild. She has not accessed her bank accounts, not used her mobile phone, and does not have a passport.

A dedicated team has carried out over a thousand actions, taken 130 statements, spoken with hundreds of people and tried to build a picture of Naheed’s life by analysing her phone, social media accounts and bank accounts. Posters appealing for information have been distributed across Cleveland and officers have conducted widespread house-to-house enquiries.

Police believe that the last confirmed sighting of Naheed was on Thursday 3rd May in Thornaby. There is information to suggest that she may have also been in central Middlesbrough on 4th May, 5th May and 6th May, but this is unconfirmed.

Whilst there is no tangible evidence that a crime has been committed, the senior officer leading the case has no proof of her life and has now formally classified the case as one of suspected murder. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Jon Green said: “Over the last few months a dedicated team of officers have worked tirelessly to try to trace Naheed.

 “Our enquiries have now led us to believe that, sadly, Naheed has either been murdered or come to harm at the hands of other people and we are now dealing with the case as suspected murder.

“It is highly out-of-character for her not to return home or be in touch with her family for this length of time, the fact she has also not seen her first grandchild is concerning. 

 “There is no proof of her life and it’s my professional judgement that she has come to harm at the hands of other people.

“Our dedicated family liaison officers are working closely with the family and offering them support throughout this difficult time.

“I am appealing for information; specifically I would like to hear from anyone who knows Naheed who we have not yet spoken to, or people who we have spoken to who may have further information.

“Somebody knows what has happened to Naheed or has a vital piece of jigsaw that will help us find her.

"Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should contact us on 101 and say that you have information to help in the Naheed Khan case.

“Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”

Naheed had links in Stockton, Middlesbrough and Thornaby. She is described as being of Asian appearance, of slim build and around 5ft 6” tall, with long, dark hair.