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"The small team of detectives now have a key suspect in their sights"
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Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 22:42 GMT 23:42 UK
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Police are confident they will catch the killer of Suzy Lamplugh by the end of the year - 14 years after the estate agent disappeared.

Following an appeal for new information on BBC One's Crimewatch programme, the detective leading the re-opened inquiry said he was confident the police would "hone down" on an individual before the end of the year.

Det Supt Shaun Sawyer said there was a lot of energy and new information driving the inquiry forward since it reopened on 12 May. Police received more than 130 calls, including "some very interesting new leads", from the Crimewatch programme alone.

The London estate agent disappeared on 28 July, 1986, after going to show a property in Fulham to a client calling himself Mr Kipper.

This is a man who will either have bragged about what he has done or confided tearfully about the enormity of his actions

Det Supt Shaun Sawyer
Det Supt Sawyer said it was a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service as to whether anyone stood trial for the estate agent's death.

He appealed for more information about a dark, left-hand drive BMW car that a jogger saw in Stevenage Road, Fulham, south west London.

Speaking on Crimewatch the witness, now in his 50s, said: "I was jogging in Bishop's Park and I came out of the park to be met by a BMW which tore across the road and came to a halt with someone with their hand on the hooter pressing it for a very long time.

"As I sat there I saw a blonde young lady, she looked like she was laughing or she could have been screaming, like she was screaming for help."

Det Supt Shaun Sawyer
Shaun Sawyer: "Interviewing a suspect by the end of the year"
The jogger's testimony was initially discounted by police because it did not fit into their timescale of events.

He also said the woman had blonde hair, but pictures distributed of Miss Lamplugh had brown hair.

However Miss Lamplugh had had her hair highlighted a week before she was abducted.

BMW sightings

Det Supt Sawyer said he wanted to hear from anyone with any information about the black BMW.

"Anyone who bought or sold or lent a dark, left hand-drive BMW during the first eight months of that year, we would be very interested in speaking to them," he said.

He also appealed for any other sightings of the car driving around London with a blonde-haired woman trying to draw attention to herself.

Det Supt Sawyer said Ms Lamplugh's killer was a man of "enormous emotion" and could well have confided in someone about the murder

The Suzy Lamplugh case
28 July, 1986 Suzy Lamplugh reported missing
December 1986 Suzy Lamplugh Trust established
July 1998 Police investigating new lead
May to July 2000 New witness accounts
"This is a man who will either have bragged about what he has done or confided tearfully about the enormity of his actions," Det Supt Sawyer said.

On Wednesday, Crimewatch UK programme showed a reconstruction of Suzy's final hours based on new information, including the two witness statements.

The two separate sightings both described a man and woman seen together in the Fulham area of west London on the day the 25-year-old disappeared.

The police also appealed to the anonymous writer of a letter sent to a national newspaper last month to urgently get in touch with police.

The letter names a suspect and links him to activities and locations in the days following Suzy's disappearance.

Det Supt Sawyer appealed to anyone with any information to come forward.

"I say to them help us to bring this inquiry to a conclusion for the sake of Suzy's family who for so long have bravely borne the distress of not knowing what happened to their daughter."

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