A family is still waiting for a court date to hear whether a dad-of-one from Golcar who has been missing for eight years will be legally declared dead.
Steven Cooper left home in Scar Lane on his 47th birthday in January 2008. His car was found near a remote loch in northern Scotland but there was no confirmed sighting and nothing has been heard from him since.
His partner Claire Lodge has made an application to the High Court for a declaration of presumed death. Declarations are often sought so a missing person’s affairs and property can be dealt with.
But Steven’s sister Trish, 47, said the family had never given up hope that he was still alive.
“I know Claire has to move on with her life and I have every sympathy with that but my mum is not ready to presume her son dead and I agree with her.”
The application is expected to be heard at the High Court in Leeds within the next three months.
Steven, who has a son Nathan and two grandchildren he has never seen, is believed to have left home at about 3am on January 21.
He left his driving licence, passport, bank cards and more than £100 in cash at home and did not take a change of clothes.
He didn’t leave a note.
His abandoned car was discovered in a remote area near Loch Laggan. Divers searched the loch but found no trace.