The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched a renewed appeal to assist in the search for Derek Ferguson, one of their most wanted fugitives, believed to be residing in Spain. The 59-year-old is wanted by Police Scotland in connection with the murder of Thomas Cameron, which occurred outside a pub in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, on Thursday 28 June 2007.
An international warrant remains active for Ferguson’s arrest. To aid the ongoing investigation, the NCA, in collaboration with experts from the University of Central Lancashire, has utilised cutting-edge software based on aging and health to create an Evofit, providing animated images of Ferguson’s potential current appearance. The Evofit can be viewed below. Furthermore, the NCA’s Major Crime Investigative Support unit, comprising specialists in psychology, geographic profiling, digital forensics, and cybersecurity, has contributed to assembling a comprehensive picture of Ferguson’s movements.
Gerry McLean, the NCA Regional Head of Investigations for Scotland, emphasised that after 16 years on the run, Derek Ferguson remains a priority on their most wanted list. The NCA, in cooperation with law enforcement partners in the Netherlands and Spain, is actively pursuing leads and intelligence that suggest Ferguson may have travelled between these countries.
Detective Chief Superintendent Vicky Watson from Police Scotland urged members of the public, particularly in the southern regions of the Netherlands, Barcelona, the south coast of Spain, and the Balearic Islands, to examine the released images and contact the investigation team if they recognise the fugitive or have any information about his current whereabouts. Ferguson is described as being between 5’2″ and 5’6″ tall, with a small scar on his right jawline, a piece missing from the top of his left ear, and several tattoos on his forearms, including a heart and a dagger.
To incentivise potential informants, the independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to Ferguson’s arrest. Those who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or submit a form on its website. Spanish residents can reach out via the number 900 926 111, email email@example.com, or call on 091.
DCS Watson acknowledged that over time, loyalties and relationships may change, making it all the more vital for people to come forward with any information that can assist in apprehending Derek Ferguson. The joint efforts of the NCA, Police Scotland, and the public are crucial in achieving justice for the victim and his family.