Victoria police have new information in a missing person’s case which they say will greatly help their nearly 33-year-old investigation.
Police say they have a photograph of Dennis Crook the year he went missing, along with locating a sister willing to provide DNA and images of a sailboat Crook had at Oak Bay Marina for several years.
Crook was reported missing by friends on Oct. 22, 1985, and was last seen on Oct. 16 and the picture provided by police is from January of that year.
Investigators say one of Crook’s siblings has come forward after following media coverage of VicPD’s search in York, England and is not Lillian Crook, who was originally identified as the missing man’s only known relative.
According to police, the family member who came forward agreed to provide DNA and says Crook would now be 68-years-old, not 66 as originally reported.
The investigation has also led officers to discover Crook had a sailboat named “Beverly Ann” at Oak Bay Marina for several years.
The boat is described as at an 18-foot 1974 Davidson Crown and is white and blue.
Police describe Crook as a Caucasian man standing 5’9″ tall with a medium to large build.
Dennis had medium length, dark brown hair, a thick moustache and brown eyes and was 35-years-old when he was reported missing.
On Sep. 11, Victoria police asked for help to locate Crook’s sister.
Since then, investigators say they have received help in England from media, North Yorkshire police, UK Crime Stoppers, and the University of Nottingham Alumni Association.
Crook graduated from the University of Nottingham with a bachelor of arts degree.
Officers also thank local community members for sharing search information in Victoria and with family members overseas.
Victoria police say investigators hope to speak with Crook’s friends that initially reported him missing or anyone else who knew Dennis.
Anyone with information regarding Crooks or his boat is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.