Parents desperate plea for answers to ease heartbreak
Monday 9th January 2017 18:45 Mossley & Saddleworth News Posted by Nigel P.


The parents of murder victim Craig Wilcox, tell of their heartbreak three years after losing their son.  Craig’s body was found in Dovestones reservoir in 2014. 



The parents of murder victim Craig Wilcox reveal their heart ache in their three year wait for answers, that they hope could lead to justice for their son.

28 year-old Craig from Failsworth disappeared from home three years ago and was initially considered to be a missing person, until Craig’s body was found in the picturesque beauty spot of Dovestones Reservoir, near Mossley, some weeks later.

Since then Craig’s parents Carolyn and Stephen have had to live with Craig’s loss, coupled with the added pain of not knowing what has happened to him and who is responsible for his death.

Speaking on the third anniversary of his disappearance which saw Greater Manchester Police launch a fresh appeal for information (as shown in our film report on Face book) Craig’s parents 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?

Police revealed that Craig had told friends prior to his disappearance that he was in fear of his life but he did not elaborate.

Despite his fears Craig had a lot to look forward to and had future plans for himself and his young son, his parents said:“Craig had plans for the rest of his life, plans that included his six-year-old son.

Carolyn and Stephen describe their regret at Craig’s missed presence  in the big moments of his sons life: “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.”

They go on to issue a heart felt plea to ensure that no one else has to endure such pain through the loss of a loved, one taken them from them in such a way stating:“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.”

Police also want answers and vowed they will never give up in their quest to find Craig’s killers.

Though it is difficult to imagine that such an area of outstanding loveliness could hold clues to something so heinous, police used the Dovestones Reservoir which emerged as Craig’s last resting place as the location of their appeal.

Speaking with the beautifully serene Dovestones waters behind him, Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton confirmed several men helping them with their enquiries in the case have had their bail revoked He said ” There are people out there that will be looking over their shoulder.” he told the Tameside Reporter as appealed for any body with information regarding Craig’s disappearance and murder to come forward.

He added:”Those people that are responsible will have to look over their shoulder.”

Also he would like to hear from anybody that was in or around the Dovestones Reservoir around 10pm on the night of the January 6 2014 that remembers seeing anything suspicious.

He asks them to call police in confidence on 0161  856 9283