POLICE investigating the mystery of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh’s disappearance have begun digging up a field following new leads.
Ms Lamplugh was declared dead, presumed murdered, after going missing aged 25 in 1986, having left her west London offices to meet a mystery client known only as Mr Kipper.
Her body has never been found and it has become one of Britain’s most notorious cold cases.
Metropolitan Police officers began searching in Pershore, Worcestershire, yesterday, at a site near a meadow which was previously dug up in 2010.
The force said fresh information about Ms Lamplugh’s disappearance was received following publicity over the search of a property in Sutton Coldfield — which previously belonged to the mother of prime suspect John Cannan — last November. Police found no evidence after digging up the garden for two weeks.
Assisted by West Mercia Police, officers are due to remain at the Pershore site until their inquiries have been completed. The force said the landowner is in no way connected to the search or the investigation.
In 2010, police used a mechanical digger to create a shallow trench in a field off the B4084 between Pershore and Drakes Broughton. But forensic examination and tests with ground-penetrating radar devices showed no evidence of a shallow grave.
In a statement, the Met said: ‘Officers received new information about Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance following the publicity around the search of a property in Sutton Coldfield in November 2018, as part of this investigation.
‘All information was reviewed. Information relating to the areas we are currently searching was assessed and the decision was taken to make further inquiries.
‘Ms Lamplugh’s family have been notified. Officers will continue to assess any new information received in connection with this case.’
Cannan, 64, was named as the prime suspect in the murder inquiry in 2002, but has always denied the killing and was never charged. He was jailed for life in 1989 for the rape and murder of Bristol newlywed Shirley Banks and is serving a minimum of 35 years in jail.