Missing pensioner reported ‘arson’ on car week before disappearance

Is ‘arson’ clue to missing pensioner? Family are desperate to find grandfather not seen for two weeks reveal his Land Rover was ‘deliberately torched’ days before he vanished

  • William ‘Bill’ Taylor, 70, last seen at home in Gosmore, Herts, at 9pm on June 3
  • Relatives are ‘worried sick’ about the pensioner, whose birthday was June 11
  • Been revealed Mr Taylor reported alleged arson a week before he disappeared
  • Unclear whether two incidents are related but police are investigating evidence

Police searching for a pensioner have revealed he reported that his car was deliberately torched just days before he went missing.

William ‘Bill’ Taylor, 70, was last seen at his home in Gosmore, Herts, at around 9pm on June 3.

Relatives have said they are ‘worried sick about Mr Taylor, whose birthday was on June 11.

William ‘Bill’ Taylor, 70, was last seen at his home in Gosmore, Herts, at around 9pm on June 3

It has now emerged Mr Taylor reported an alleged arson on May 26 – just a week before his own disappearance. 

Mr Taylor’s granddaughter, Rachel, has shared photographs of the burnt out Land Rover Defender TD5 90.

Images show the blackended remains of the 4×4 with parts of the melted roof hanging from the interior of the car.

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According to Ms Taylor, it was found on May 27 inside an empty grain shed inside Mr Taylor’s £1.2m farm.

His son Richard said: ‘If anyone out there knows anything about my dad’s whereabouts please contact the police.

‘This is an unbearable situation and I am worried sick about him. My family is in turmoil and we are desperate to get him home.’ 

William Taylor reported that his car had been torched to police a week before he went missing

Pictures from inside William Taylor’s burnt out car. The roof of the vehicle had melted 

Although it remains unclear as to whether the alleged arson is connected to Mr Taylor’s disapperance, officers have said they are investigating the matter.

DI Mike Keane, from the North Herts Local Crime Unit, said: ‘We are carrying out extensive enquiries to find William Taylor.

‘His family are incredibly worried and I am appealing to anyone who might have seen William or has information on his whereabouts to get in touch.

William ‘Bill’ Taylor was last seen at his home in Gosmore, Herts

‘We’re growing increasingly concerned for his welfare, so any information you have, no matter how small it might seem, could be vital in us finding William.’

Mr Taylor is described as white, around 5ft 11in tall and of medium build with short grey hair.

He was last seen wearing a baby blue colours shirt, jeans and black wellies. He may have been wearing a navy blue boiler suit.

He is believed to have been married to Grace Taylor, who reportedly died in 2016.

A family member commenting on social media said Mr Taylor was not ‘vulnerable’ or suffering from ‘dementia’ and that is would be ‘very unusual’ for him to go missing. 

Last Sunday, Rachel posted a picture of her missing relative on Facebook.

A message below said: ‘My Grandad has now been missing two weeks.

‘Seriously cannot thank everyone enough for your support towards my family and myself.

Part of the £1.2million farm which is owned by William ‘Bill’ Taylor

‘Thank you to everyone to has helped search and share this news it honestly means everything to us!

‘Each day gets harder to knowing what, where or why this has happened to him? He was the most amazing, caring, loving man to his family and friends around him!

‘Please keep sharing and liking as much as you can!’

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