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Diana Lamplugh talks to BBC Radio 4
"I hope there can be a good deal of understanding"
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Sunday, 5 December, 1999, 12:09 GMT
Lamplugh lead 'best yet'
Suzy Lamplugh Suzy Lamplugh disappeared after going to meet client

The mother of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh said she hopes her daughter can finally be "set at peace" after being told she is buried at an army barracks.

Miss Lamplugh, a 25-year-old estate agent, went missing, presumed murdered, after she left her west London office in July 1986 to show a man called Mr Kipper around a house.

I think this is the closest we have been to finding my daughter
Diana Lamplugh
Diana Lamplugh told BBC's Breakfast With Frost: "You don't hope too much because we've had loads of disappointments.

"But it would be lovely to bury her and set her at peace."

The family's latest information, which came via a letter and telephone call and has been passed to Scotland Yard, suggests her body is buried at abandoned army barracks at Norton, Worcestershire.

'Not looking for killer'

Mrs Lamplugh said she had given up hope that her daughter's killer would ever be found, but said she was waiting for Scotland Yard to announce whether the site hid her daughter's grave.

She added: "It's something that you have to get ready to hear at any time.

"But we're not looking for a killer. We aren't anxious any longer because we've learnt to live with how Suzy is now."

Mrs Lamplugh added: "I think this is the closest we have been to finding my daughter."

The location also ties in with claims made a decade ago by the former girlfriend of convicted killer John Cannan, now aged 45.

Gilly Paige said that while she was seeing Cannan he confessed to the crime and hinted about burying the body in Worcestershire.

Diana Lamplugh Diana Lamplugh has learnt to live with grief
He also reportedly used the name Kipper while in prison, and resembles the photofit of "Mr Kipper".

Police have questioned Cannan in connection with the crime but he has repeatedly denied having anything to do with Miss Lamplugh's death.

He is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted in 1989 of murdering a 29-year-old woman.

Houses built over barracks

Scotland Yard declined to discuss the details of any information received about the case, saying only that it had not closed its investigation.

A housing estate has been built on the site of the Norton Barracks over the past five or six years and the military no longer occupies any part of it.

Diana Lamplugh set up a charitable trust aimed at educating people about personal safety five months after her daughter disappeared.

A spokeswoman for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said Scotland Yard recently told the family it had a new lead in the case, but the latest report was new to the family.

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