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Police search garden linked to prime suspect in Suzy Lamplugh murder

Officers from London and the West Midland fear the murdered estate agent's remains are hidden at the site.

Nigel Lewis

Metropolitan police officers are reported to be digging in a garden in Sutton Coldfield as they search for the body of murdered estate agent Suzy Lamplugh.

Supported by fellow officers from the West Midlands, they are searching premises where prime suspect John Cannan’s mother once lived.

The Sun has reported that officers believe Cannan, who is serving three life sentences for the murder of Bristol woman Shirley Banks, hid Suzy’s body in the garden.

In an unprecedented move by police in 2002, he was named as the prime suspect in the case.

Suzy, who worked for now-defunct local estate agency Sturgis, disappeared at lunchtime on the 28th July 1986 after attending a property viewing in Sharrolds Road, Fulham, South West London with a ‘Mr Kipper’.

Unsolved murder

The 25-year-old was declared dead, presumed murdered in 1994 but the case has remained one of the country’s most infamous unsolved killings.

Police have said they fear her body was taken by Cannan to a car repair facility he maintained in the garden of the property and buried her remains at the bottom of its vehicle inspection pit.

Four months after Suzy’s disappearance, her mother established a charity in her name that campaigns for both greater workplace security and was instrumental in bringing about the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, which tackled the problems of stalking, and set up a National Stalking Helpline.

This is not the first time that police have searched for Suzy’s remains in recent times; investigators dug up a site in Evesham in Worcestershire during 2010.

October 30, 2018

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