Richard Roe - NT Police press conference on the disappearance

THE family of missing man Richard Roe are said to be devastated that police investigating his disappearance now believe the 40-year-old is dead.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lee Morgan of the Major Crime Squad said police believe the disappearance could be linked to Darwin’s meth scene.

Roe, 40, last contacted his mother on October 25 before his car was found abandoned without fuel on Chinner Rd near Lake Bennett six days later.

Detective Morgan said Roe had friends involved in the use and distribution of methamphetamine and investigations had centred on his links to the drug world.

At a press conference yesterday Detective Morgan said police had failed to find any evidence to believe Roe was still alive.

“All inquiries to date have failed to locate any trace of Richard, who was last seen on 2 November 2016,” he said.

A school friend of Roe, who did not want to be named, told the NT News he was a “good bloke”.

“He got a bit lost and involved with the wrong crowed but he is a good bloke old school great footy player I know if I was anywhere stuck or in trouble he wouldn’t hesitate to help,” she said.

“And that’s how he was with his mates he was well mannered but tough as, a proper Darwin lad.

Police say little information from the public has emerged since their first appeal in November and are desperate for anyone who may know something that could help to come forward.

“I was devastated when I heard and I’ve been trying to find out what happened but no one is talking,” the friend said.

“I really hope that if he has passed away they find his body cause his family and mates will want closure.”

Detective Morgan asked all residents in the Chinner Rd area to check their properties for anything that looked suspicious.

“We continue to encourage any person that had contact with Richard in late October or early November or any person who saw anything unusual in the Chinner Rd, Lake Bennett area around November 2 to contact police.”

If you have any information that may assist, please contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, you can remain anonymous.

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