As Sky broadcasts a fresh TV investigation into the disappearance of London estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in 1986, the Metropolitan Police have issued a statement saying its investigation into her murder is ‘ongoing’ and underlined its commitment to solving the case.
The Met says that officers are still working on the case and that Suzy’s disappearance is still ‘’active with detectives from its Specialist Casework Team, part of Central Specialist Crime, who are continuing to pursue leads.
But the force has scotched claims in the two-part documentary that a man seen disposing of a heavy suitcase besides the Grand Union Canal several days after her disappearance may have been connected to the case.
The Met says it became aware of the claim two years ago.
“This was treated as a new line of enquiry, but it was found that the part of the canal mentioned by the witness and the surrounding canal stretches had been extensively searched by the Met’s Marine Support Unit and London Fire Brigade Search Unit in September 2014,” its statement says.
“The 2014 search was conducted following an unrelated homicide investigation.
“During that search, no items were recovered which were connected to the Suzy Lamplugh investigation and the line of enquiry re the 1986 sighting was closed.”
Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Reeves (pictured), the senior investigating officer, says: “We would urge anyone who believes they might know something about what happened to Suzy all those years ago to come forward.
“Whether you saw something that you thought was unconnected at the time, or you felt under pressure to protect someone you knew – it is not too late.
“The passage of time has not weakened our determination to seek justice and get the answers that the Lamplugh family continue to wait for.”