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Saturday, 13 May, 2000, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
'Good response' to Lamplugh plea
Suzy Lamplugh
Suzy Lamplugh disappeared after going to meet a client
Police have had 25 calls from the public since reopening the inquiry into the case of murdered estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "Some of these are interesting and will be followed up. It is too early at this stage to elaborate further."

Detectives relaunched the 14-year-old inquiry on Friday in the light of information from a new witness, and an advance in scientific techniques.

Part of my body has died, has been murdered - that makes you feel angry and also sad

Diana Lamplugh, mother

Miss Lamplugh, 25, went missing in July 1986 after going to show a house in south west London to a client calling himself Mr Kipper.

Police have always assumed she was murdered, but no evidence of the killing was found and her body has never been recovered.

Detective Chief Inspector Shaun Sawyer, who was put in charge of the case last year, told a Scotland Yard news conference: "That information is most exciting, is being assessed and includes a new witness."

DCI Shaun Sawyer addressing a news conference on missing estate agent suzy lamplugh
Shaun Sawyer: "Police techniques have moved on"
He went on: "Policing techniques have moved on since 1986 and there are opportunities here which we will exploit to the full.

"They include offender profiling and forensic advancements that will allow key exhibits to be submitted for full forensic examination - of course we will be considering DNA."

He said that hairs, fibres and body tissues found in Miss Lamplugh's Ford Fiesta car, which was discovered near to her offices in Fulham, west London, were now being examined.

Army base

He explained that witness statements taken at the time had been re-evaluated and some witnesses would be questioned again.

But he quashed speculation that police were preparing to dig at an old army camp at Norton, near Worcester.

Suzy Lamplugh's parents set up a trust to promote personal safety
Suzy Lamplugh's parents set up a trust to promote personal safety

DCI Sawyer appealed to anyone who suspected they knew the killer or the location of Miss Lamplugh's body to come forward.

He also warned the culprit that the new information was bringing police closer to catching him, but added that he still had time to give himself up.

He revealed that Miss Lamplugh may have been abducted by more than one person.

Her mother, Diana Lamplugh, said the family had at first "balked" at the thought of a reinvestigation for fear it would open old wounds.

But she said: "We are able, I think, to go forward better and we do so hope that it actually comes to a conclusion."

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