POLICE are considering releasing CCTV images that could be key to cracking the case of a handyman who disappeared 12 years ago.
Raymond Scott, 47, went missing without trace in 2001, and his wife, four children and siblings have been left with no body, no clues, no funeral, no inquest and no way to properly grieve.
His work van was found two weeks later, behind shops in Field End Road, Eastcote, but of the 47 year-old from Stanmore there has been no sign. Now the self-employed odd-job man’s older brother, James, has decided to speak out in a search for a breakthrough.
He has called on the Metropolitan Police to make public fuzzy images captured on CCTV at South Harrow Tube station several months after Raymond went missing.
He claims they show a man making a menacing call to him, several months after Raymond disappeared. The mystery caller says either ‘You’re nicked’ or ‘You’re next’.
Mr Scott said Raymond’s son, Alan, got the same call on his mobile the same day.
“The police say the footage is not clear enough,” said Mr Scott, “and that’s why Crimewatch won’t use it, but it’s clear enough to me, and they could have it enhanced.”
The 62-year-old actor from Northampton, added: “I can’t rest until I’ve done everything I can.
“I think Raymond went to meet somebody somewhere and didn’t know what was going to happen.
“I don’t think somebody murdered him, but I do think somebody killed him by accident.
“We’ve reached the point where we’re not bothered who did this to Raymond. All we want is his body back.”
The last reported sighting of Raymond was at 3pm on Friday, November 16, 2001, by his brother Kenny, at whose house in Stanmore he was working.
Mr Scott said: “He didn’t have any credit cards or debit cards or cash on him. His wife ran his bank account.
“He definitely owed somebody money when he went missing. He used to like a drink and would talk to himself. He was saying the days before he went missing ‘They don’t scare me’.”
Raymond’s white Transit van was found on November 23, 2001, two weeks after he disappeared. Youths had broken into the vehicle, and later told police they taken it from Field End Road.
Their story was corroborated by a traffic warden who had put a parking ticket on the windscreen.
Mr Scott and his friend Tony Honickberg, a photographer, now plan to make a documentary to throw more light on the story.
There is still a £20,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the person responsible for Raymond’s disappearance.
Detective Inspector Andy Manning, of the homicide and serious crime command said: “Detectives are currently reviewing CCTV images to see if they are suitable for release to the media, as part of a renewed appeal into the disappearance of Raymond Scott.”