Mystery of missing Hull model Gloria Bielby could finally be solved by cold case team
DETECTIVES have reopened one of the region's most notorious unsolved cases in a bid to finally solve the mystery of a missing Hull model.
Glamour model Gloria Bielby went missing 33 years ago.
Now, Humberside Police have decided to reopen the investigation into her disappearance under a "cold case" review.
Gloria was last seen on February 2, 1979, getting into a red Ford Escort with a man outside her home in Dawnay Road, Bilton.
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The detective leading the case believes it is possible they are dealing with a murder inquiry but is keeping an open mind.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Hutchinson said: "This is a review of a long-term missing person. We are exploring the possibility she came to some harm.
"She may well have had an accident or committed suicide.
"We need to review all of the case papers and explore all of the possibilities.
"We will be going right back to the beginning, looking at the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and all the work that was done at the time around her lifestyle, her home life and the people she associated with.
"We will be concentrating on the last time she was seen and what the inquiry found after that.
"We have spoken to her family and a number of other witnesses."
A key part of the investigation will focus on trying to identify the man Gloria got into the car with, who was never traced.
The married 36-year-old mum worked at Reckitt and Coleman as a secretary and told no one of her plans to leave.
The last sighting of her was at 11.30am by a neighbour who believed she saw Gloria putting a suitcase into the boot of the car, which was being driven by a well-dressed, middle-aged man.
Described as a devoted mother to her then 11-year-old son, detectives at the time feared the worst as she disappeared without a trace. She has not been in contact with her son, family or friends since.
In the weeks leading up to her disappearance, she had told friends she was afraid to be alone after receiving nuisance telephone calls.
The night before her disappearance her husband Bernard Bielby, who ran a butcher's shop in Bilton Grange, east Hull, gave her £3,500 to buy a new car as part of a separation settlement.
There were rumours Gloria had been dating other men in the area.
It is believed she had connections to sportsmen and businessmen in the area.
Now, detectives are urging the public to come forward with any information that may help their investigation.
They are hoping people who may have been wary of giving information at the time will now come forward and help solve the riddle of Gloria's disappearance.
DCI Hutchinson said: "The feeling of the detective at the time was that there were a lot of people who knew Gloria and socialised with her and they may have had more information than was originally passed on to the police.
"It is never too late to come forward with any information.
"We would like to know who she was seeing at the time, what her movements were and the places she frequented, because it might give us a clue as to who she might have gone missing with or where she might have ended up.
"People will remember this case. Gloria was beautiful and was well known in the local area. It was a very high-profile case at the time.
"There were lots of rumours and speculation as to what might have happened to her.
"We will be exploring every one of these rumours to establish if there is any truth to them."
Anyone with information should call the cold case team at the Driffield incident room on 01377 208989.