Q: Who is investigating the disappearance of Steven Clark?
The new investigation is being led by the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Cold Case Unit, which is a joint unit between two police forces – Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police.
The investigation was launched after a review of the case. A team of specialist detectives have been working on the inquiry for a number of years and continue to work to find Steven.
Q: Was anything done at the time to find Steven?
Many local people will remember the appeals when Steven first went missing in 1992 and police have carried out enquiries on the case between that time and the present day.
Q: Did you have any involvement in the ITV documentary?
We have declined to give an on-camera interview to the documentary makers when asked and have not had the opportunity to see the documentary prior to it airing. We did not put the names of the people arrested into the public domain.
We have responded to some of the questions asked by the documentary team over the last few months.
As in any police investigation, all information is not disclosed so as to maintain the integrity of the investigation. Viewers should be aware that the documentary team have not had access to our investigation files. We are still actively investigating Steven’s disappearance so this would not be appropriate.
Q: The documentary seems to show your officers speaking to them on camera?
Any interviews with detectives from the Cold Case Unit which may appear in the documentary is archived footage. This may have been taken from previous interviews given to other people, such as the local media, when appealing for information on specific lines of enquiry.
When the Senior Investigating Officer and Deputy Senior Investigating Officer visited an address to explain that the two people arrested were being released with no further action, this was recorded without their knowledge. We believe it may be in the final edit of the documentary.
We have asked the documentary makers to appeal for information on Steven’s case during the programme.
Q: The two people who were arrested have spoken about what they say was their experience, what do you say about that?
As in any arrest, detainees were dealt with sensitively and ethically and afforded their legal rights. The detention is conducted in accordance with PACE.
Q: What can you tell us about the sightings of Steven after Monday 28th December that were provided at the time?
Glenside Terrace, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Police received a report of a potential sighting from a woman who said she saw Steven on Thursday 14th January 1993 at 5pm when she was looking outside her living room window.
She reports that he was across the road and walking towards Glenside Terrace in Saltburn.
She said she knew Steven because her relative worked at a bowling club and she knew that both Steven and a family member were members of the club.
She also knew that Steven was missing as she saw the report in the media. The woman reports that Steven was with another person, a man aged around 50-60 years old. He was of medium build and was bald with grey hair around the sides, and he was wearing glasses. Steven and the man were not talking and it looked as if Steven was walking to keep up with him. This sighting was reported in the local media on 22nd January 1993.
The new investigation team looked into this reported sighting and the property where the reporting person was living at the time, which was in a row of terraced houses on Glenside in Saltburn. There is a significant distance between the living room window and the other side of the road and it would have been dark at the time of the potential sighting.
Reported sighting of Steven in Redcar Town
Police received a statement on 3rd January 1993 from Mr. Stan Camaish that said Steven was in Redcar near to the clock roundabout and at 2pm on Wednesday 30th December, he says that he saw Steven walking past the Gazette offices heading towards the town centre. Stan says that he was in conversation with a friend at the time and was unable to catch Steven’s eye. He reports that Steven was on his own.
Mr. Camaish was visited by a detective on 16th February 1999 about his reported sighting of Steven in 1993. In that discussion he said he had not seen the man’s face, but a male who walked in a similar way to Steven. He said it was raining heavily and the closest he was to the man was 30 yards.
NB: We have provided the name of the person who reported this sighting, as we understand that he is being identified in the documentary.
Q: What about anyone near the toilets at the time, have they come forward?
No-one has come forward to the new investigation team to say that they saw Steven or people with Steven at the toilets, or near to the toilets, in Saltburn.
There is no information in previous police records that Steven, or others with Steven, were seen near to the toilets.
We continue to appeal to anyone who may have information on the case to come forward.
Q: Has there been any sightings provided to the new investigation team?
No-one has come forward to the investigation team to say that they saw Steven on the walk to Saltburn, or the Promenade on Monday 28th December 1992.
A potential witness came forward to report seeing a man, who they believe was Steven, between 3pm and 4pm, in close proximity to his home address on Monday 28th December. It got dark at 3.45pm so that would have put Steven in Marske before that time.
This is the only new potential sighting provided to the current investigation team.
We are continuing to appeal for anyone to come forward with information, in particular anyone who may have seen Steven between Friday 25th December (Christmas Day) to Monday 28th December 1992 who hasn’t spoken to police already.
Q: What can you say about the anonymous letter writer?
On 24th September 1999 an anonymous handwritten letter relating to Steven’s disappearance was posted to Guisborough Police Station.
Historic records show that at the time the letter was assessed by officers and the information was recorded. These records also show that in November 1999 detectives visited Steven’s home address and had a conversation about the letter and its contents.
Detectives from the new investigation team appealed for the anonymous letter writer to come forward. The person who wrote the letter came forward in response to the media coverage and they spoke to police.
Appealing for the letter writer was just one of several lines of enquiry in the case.
Q: Did Steven have a girlfriend?
From the police enquiries, detectives have established that Steven met a girl at the Rathbone Society, where he used to attend, and she took Steven home to meet her parents during the course of their relationship.
Q: Are you still appealing, where do we send information?
The investigation into Steven’s disappearance is continuing, people can send information directly to the investigation team through this website page Public Portal (mipp.police.uk)
We would ask you to use this link rather than calling 101 as it means the control room is able to deal with calls on urgent, immediate incidents.
If you have seen Steven, particularly between Friday 25th December to Monday 28th December 1992, or you have information to help the investigation team. Please use the public portal to provide what you know to detectives working on the case.
Crimestoppers have issued a £10,000 reward on the case for key information on the murder of Steven Clark.
Q: What do you think happened to Steven?
In September 2020, the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Cold Case Team launched a murder investigation into the disappearance of Steven Clark, who went missing from Marske in December 1992.
The investigation into Steven’s disappearance is still ongoing, and detectives continue to appeal to the public for information to assist the case.
There is no proof of life and detectives believe that Steven has come to serious harm, and the case continues to be classified as one of suspected murder.