Craig Wilcox
Detectives investigating the murder of Craig Wilcox have launched a fresh appeal on the anniversary of his death.

Craig was last seen three years ago on 6th January 2014, at the home of relatives on Norfolk Crescent in Failsworth

His parents reported him missing and an investigation was launched by detectives in Oldham. The investigation established Craig had confided in a friend to say he feared for his safety.

On Monday 24th February 2014 at about 10.40am, police were called to Dovestones Reservoir in Saddleworth, following reports that a body had been found.


He had no reason to be in the area especially at that time of night, Craig has no means of transport and we do not know how he travelled to Dovestones or who he was with.

"It is unclear why Craig was in Dovestones that night, we know he had no mode of transport and had no reason to be there."

“What we do know is that his phone was identified travelling from Newton Heath to Dovestones and arrived in the area at around 10.10pm and left 20 minutes later."

"I would also urge people to think back to the night of 6 January 2014 and get in touch if they saw anyone acting suspiciously or a car travelling to the area at that time of night."

The map shows where the phone's location was traced from the night of 6th January 2014 between 09:45pm and 10:30pm.

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1. 09:45pm

1. 09:45pm
Detectives have traced Craig’s phone from the night of 6th January 2014 and the phone was picked up leaving Newton Heath, close to where Craig lived at around 9.45pm.

2. Time Not Known

2. Time Not Known
The phone travelled towards Oldham town centre...

3. 10:10pm

3. 10:10pm
... and arrived in the Dovestones area at around 10.10pm

4. 10:30pm

4. 10:30pm
It was then traced to travel back towards Newton Heath at 10.30pm leaving a window of 20 minutes where Craig was at the reservoir.

Appeal From Craig's Parents

Craig Wilcox's Parents
Craig’s parents, Carolyn and Stephen Wilcox said: “We are reminded of Craig every single day, we miss him. We live every day in a horrible dream and wonder what happened to him and why? What is so bad that you have to lose your life for?

“Craig had plans for the rest of his life, plans that included his six-year-old son. He will never now be with his son at Christmas, birthdays, holidays and special days in his son’s life. His son asks questions about his dad, what do we tell him? Fortunately he has some memories, but he should have many more.

“Craig didn’t lose his life, his life was taken from him and the people responsible for his death could do this to someone else. We wouldn’t want any other family to go through the sadness we feel every day.

“We believe someone knows what happened to Craig. As a family, we are asking if anyone can help us find the answers we are looking for.”

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Craig had no reason to be in Saddleworth that evening and had never visited the reservoir before. He did not drive or have anyway of travelling to the area and there was also no car left at the scene where his body was found.

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton from GMP’s Major Incident Team is leading the investigation. He said "I would also urge people to think back to the night of 6 January 2014 and get in touch if they saw anyone acting suspiciously or a car travelling to the area at that time of night".

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9283 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

See full press release here.