After Scott Fletcher’s mother made a renewed appeal for help to solve her son’s suspected murder The Northern Echo looks at two other families hoping to find some peace.

Naheed Khan and Natalie Jenkins both disappeared without a trace before detectives launched murder investigations in a bid to find those responsible for causing the families’ pain.

Miss Jenkins disappeared from Middlesbrough in 2019 and Miss Khan was last seen in the Middlesbrough area in 2018.

Despite lengthy murder investigations, Cleveland Police has been unable to make a major breakthrough but remain determined to solve the cases.

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Adam Harland, Manager of the Cold Case Review Unit said: “There are currently no active lines of enquiry on these two cases, however, the Cold Case Review Unit will act upon all new information received.

“If people do have information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then we would welcome this in order to help us try to resolve these cases for the families involved.”


Natalie Jenkins

The 32-year-old disappeared in 2019 and detectives believe she was in the Albert Park area of Middlesbrough in the early hours of Wednesday, December 11.

Police released CCTV of Natalie walking towards Albert Park on Park Road South at around 11.38pm on Tuesday 10.

During the investigation, detectives carried out extensive door-to-door inquiries and investigated more than 100 reported sightings of the missing woman.

The Northern Echo:  CCTV still of Natalie Jenkins in Middlesbrough CCTV still of Natalie Jenkins in Middlesbrough (Image: Cleveland Police)

They have also trawled through 130 sequences of CCTV footage reviewed, almost 1,200 statements taken, and nearly 1,500 exhibits have been seized and reviewed.

Speaking last year, Natalie’s mum, Sylvia, said: “There are no words to describe how devastating it feels to lose a daughter and not knowing what has happened to her takes a toll on our minds and hearts every single day.

“As a family, we just want answers. We just want to know what has happened to Natalie so we can bring this nightmare to an end and try to make steps to move forward with our lives.”

The Northern Echo: Police putting up posters appealing for witnesses to come forward in the hunt for missing Natalie Jenkins.Police putting up posters appealing for witnesses to come forward in the hunt for missing Natalie Jenkins. (Image: Graeme Hetherington, The Northern Echo)

Two males aged 41 and 18 were arrested as part of the investigation however they have now been released without charge.

Natalie is described as a white female, of very slim build, around 5ft 5ins tall with a fair complexion and straight brown hair. She has hazel eyes and a missing front tooth. Natalie has a tattoo saying SWANNY on her neck and another on her wrist saying SWANN.

The Northern Echo: Natalie JenkinsNatalie Jenkins (Image: Cleveland Police)

The murder investigation has been scaled down by detectives but they have reassured her family that they will react to any new information.


Naheed Khan

The 43-year-old mother and now grandmother has been missing since early May bank holiday 2018 had links to Stockton, Middlesbrough and Thornaby.

The last trace of Naheed was when money was withdrawn from her bank account at an ATM machine at the junction of Marton Road and Southfield Road in Middlesbrough at 5.04pm on Sunday May 6.

Cleveland Police carried out thousands of enquiries and arrested five people in connection with the investigation but Naheed’s body has never been discovered.

The Northern Echo: Naheed KhanNaheed Khan

On the anniversary of her disappearance, Naheed’s sister issued a statement on behalf of the family, saying: “There isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t think about where Naheed is or what has happened to her, the time that has passed hasn’t made this any easier.

“Naheed is not forgotten and every occasion and milestone that passes she is missed dearly. We just want her body to be buried respectfully like she deserves.”

The Northern Echo: Search of wasteland in MiddlesbroughSearch of wasteland in Middlesbrough (Image: The Northern Echo)

Previously, the force said it had followed up 2,136 lines of inquiry; carried out 292 formal interviews; spoken to 933 witnesses; identified 582 locations of interest; and collected 700 evidential exhibits.

Naheed is described as Asian, of slim build and around 5ft 6ins tall, with long, dark hair.

  • Anyone with information on either case is urged to contact Cleveland Police via 101 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111 or visit