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River search for missing Tonbridge dad Kieron Knowlden after medium tells family where to find body

07 March 2014
by Claire McWethy
The family of a missing Tonbridge man say a medium has told them where to find his body - as police search the River Medway.
 
Father-of-one Kieron Knowlden was last seen leaving Mojo's Bar in Barden Road, at 1.30am on Saturday after spending the night socialising with family.
 
Police divers are scouring the River Medway in Tonbridge today - close to where the 25-year-old was last seen.
Kieron Knowlden was reported missing on Saturday, March 1

Kieron Knowlden was reported missing on Saturday, March 1

He did not return home in Forest Grove and was reported missing the following day.
 
His brother Kristy, 23, said he is convinced by a spiritualist who was contacted by the family, who claims he was abducted by three men.
 
She is said to have told them his body is at Wharf Locks.
 
Kristy said: "I have always believed in mediums and she gave us such a detailed description of what happened to him.
 
"She says he was chucked into a van but that he wasn't supposed to die - that something went wrong. My older brothers and sisters won't accept it though.
 
"He is such a happy-go-lucky bloke. He loves his little boy to bits and he wouldn't go anywhere for his sake. This is so out of character he wouldn't just disappear.
 
"We're still in shock and no one has come to terms with it."
Police at the River Medway in Tonbridge, believed to be involved in the hunt for Kieron Knowlden

Police at the River Medway, in Tonbridge, in the hunt for Kieron Knowlden. Picture: @Kent_999s

Kent Police said divers will be searching the River Medway - about 50 yards from where Kieron was last seen - for most of today.
 
A spokesman said other searches are taking place around the town, while CCTV is also being scoured.
 
"So many people have responded to help us. The appeal has gone around the world..." - Kieron's brother Kristy
A Facebook page set up by his family to try to track him down has been joined by thousands of people.
 
Kristy has also arranged three searches, with hundreds of people joining in to scour his route home, as well as industrial estates and even railway lines.
 
"So many people have responded to help us. The appeal has gone around the world. I've even been contacted by people in America offering to help."
 
Meanwhile, police are appealing for information that could help them in their investigation.
 
Acting Det Insp Kris Eberlein said: "We are continuing to search routes from where the last sighting of Kieron was and we have specialist officers conducting a river search in Tonbridge. We have also been assisted by volunteers from Kent Search and Rescue.

"Officers are out in the local area distributing leaflets about Kieron to members of the public and we are checking to see whether there are any additional CCTV opportunities from premises which will provide clues to his movements." 

Kieron was wearing a black coat, a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and blue and white trainers.
 
Anyone who has any information, or who knows of his whereabouts, should contact the Tonbridge neighbourhood policing team on 101, quoting incident number 01-1249.

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