The Sun puts up £10,000 reward to catch speedboat killer Jack Shepherd as police hunt switches to Turkey

We can reveal cops believe computer nerd Shepherd may have fled to Turkey — and detectives say Sun readers on holiday there could hold the key to his arrest

IT has been six months since speedboat killer Jack Shepherd fled justice over the death of his young date, with police no closer to catching the fugitive.

But today we can reveal cops believe he may have escaped to Turkey — and detectives say Sun readers on holiday there could hold the key to his arrest and return to Britain.

It is thought Shepherd used his UK passport to make the trip last year, soon after skipping an Old Bailey manslaughter trial for the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown in 2015.

The Sun has put up a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Get more details here.

A source close to the investigation said: “The fact remains that one of the strongest chances of apprehending Jack Shepherd lies with the public.

“That could be someone he knows himself, who knows where he is, and — even briefly — puts themselves in the shoes of Charlotte’s family and makes one anonymous call.

“Or it could be a Sun reader, who sees this article and suddenly thinks about the lad they met in a beach bar, or who they met in an internet cafe, or about the new man they’ve just met in town.

“One anonymous call can be all it takes to make a massive breakthrough.”

The last confirmed sighting of Shepherd was in Devon in March last year. In July, he was jailed for six years after the trial was held in his absence when he fled bail.

Police fear the IT geek, 31 — who once wrote of his “vague desire” to vanish into the wilderness — has been using his expert knowledge to cover his tracks.

Callous Shepherd, who has a two-year-old son he has barely seen, has now gone to ground completely.

Turkey sits outside the EU, its member-wide arrest warrant scheme and the reach of Europol, all facts the web designer would have known before he took flight.

One theory is Shepherd may have jumped on one of Turkey’s frequent buses to ex-Soviet Georgia then across Turkey’s northeastern border on a ticket costing no more than £15.

Before wanted notices were formally issued, he had vanished into thin air.

By December last year, red-faced senior Met officers privately admitted to Charlotte’s family that they had drawn a complete blank.

A top Scotland Yard detective last week said checks on phones and bank cards linked to him showed they had remained untouched.

This week Theresa May urged Shepherd to give up and “face justice”.

The PM’s spokesman said: “The Metropolitan Police are rightly doing all they can to track down Shepherd to bring him to face justice.”

But remarkably, it would seem he can continue to mock justice — and Britain’s best law enforcement officials — almost at will.

Even investigators from the National Crime Agency, dubbed “Britain’s FBI”, have failed to make a single significant breakthrough despite working on the case since last summer.

The Sun revealed on New Year’s Day how Shepherd had won leave to appeal against his conviction despite being on the run.

He is yet to serve a single day of his sentence, handed down  after his ageing speedboat hit a log at high speed and capsized on the Thames in December 2015, killing Charlotte.

Shepherd had been drinking heavily before the tragedy, while Charlotte, an English literature graduate and business consultant from Clacton, Essex, is thought to have barely touched a drop on their first date.

The fugitive is believed to have been in regular email contact with his defence lawyers, Tuckers Solicitors, from his hiding place, instructing them in detail on his case.

The Sun was also the first to reveal in December that almost £100,000 of Shepherd’s defence case at criminal trial had been funded by the taxpayer through Legal Aid.

His lawyers are also likely to get similar backing to fight his appeal.

The news has heaped further agony on Charlotte’s family as they push for more resources to be poured into tracking Shepherd.

Her father Graham, 55, said: “He is mocking justice. We are smashed to bits over this whole thing.

“My message to him is that he has stolen a beautiful life through his reckless, crass actions, and he needs to come back and atone for what he has done.”

Her mum Roz, 53, added: “There’s got to be someone harbouring him, financially or otherwise.

“He’s got support. I believe he doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong. But he needs to serve his sentence. His actions killed my daughter. If it was not for Jack Shepherd taking her out that night, Charlotte would still be with us.”

Shepherd is thought to have access to plenty of cash after building up a slush fund to pay for his life on the run.

It is known he defaulted on ten loans totalling £50,000 taken out in 2016, taking out the money in September that year.

But one area the NCA’s cyber experts are sure to target is Shepherd’s apparent ability to mask his movements and contacts online.

That is no surprise. A budding entrepreneur from an early age, Shepherd showed an interest in computers and the web as a youngster growing up in Paignton, Devon.

By 23, he had launched his own website while living in Exeter and then Torquay, and was establishing profiles on nearly every major social media platform. All have since been carefully wiped clean.

Shepherd hinted at his interest in disappearing from sight as long ago as June, 2013.

Replying to a programmer who had hit the headlines by launching a start-up business while retreating to live in the Swedish wilderness, Shepherd posted: “Good luck! Always had a vague desire to do the same thing — very interested to hear how it works out for you.”

His Twitter profile and main website — — have long since been taken down.

But painstaking work by The Sun can today reveal snapshots of its content again. A month before Charlotte’s death, Shepherd’s homepage boasted, “You’d be crazy not to hire this guy.”

He bragged of working as a “search engine optimisation consultant” to US tech giant Apple in London. And he claimed to have helped other household names like Carpetright and airline Flybe. Last night nobody from Apple, Flybe or Carpetright were available for ­comment. By 2015, Shepherd was living on a canal boat in Hammersmith, West London, and trawling dating websites for girls.

After we revealed that Shepherd had been granted leave to appeal his conviction, DCI Mick Norman said: “Shepherd is subject to an ­international arrest warrant.

“However, since he failed to appear in court for his trial there has been no tangible trace of him.

“There have been a number of rumours that he is being harboured abroad by friends but we have no evidence this is the case.

“There has been no movement on his bank accounts or phone. This is only in respect of the accounts we are aware of. He may well be using the accounts of friends or associates to evade arrest and extradition.”

l Charlotte’s family are campaigning for an overhaul of waterways laws following her  death. To sign their petition see

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