Christopher Halliwell: Murder search for clues goes on

5:00am Friday 30th May 2014

WET weather has held up police teams investigating a murder, who face their third week of intensive fingertip searches at a remote Ramsbury woodland.

No new items have been found since the discovery of 60 scraps of women’s clothing buried 100 yards away from a small pond where divers found the boots Sian was wearing the night she was killed in March 2011.

That was more than a week ago but Wiltshire Police have said they want to leave no stone unturned, as they step up their investigation into the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards, who went missing between the end of 2002 and the beginning of 2003.

Earlier this week a force spokesman said that searches could have ended yesterday but the irregular downpours, have hampered the specialist search teams who are scouring the roughly half-mile of woodland.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “There have been no updates. “Searches will, however, continue through the weekend possibly into next week. “The reasons are because we need to ensure that we maximise the opportunity and that these searches are thorough.

“They continue in the woodland areas and have been impeded a bit by the weather over the last couple of days.”

Office worker Sian was killed in March 2011 by mini-cab driver Chris Halliwell, 50, of Ashbury Avenue, Nythe, who was jailed for life for the killing in October 2012.

But a second charge for the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards was dropped due to breaches of police procedural rules by the then lead officer Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher.

A single-barrelled shotgun and the items of clothing found at Ramsbury are expected to take several weeks to analyse but lead investigator Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory has said he is open-minded as to whether they are linked to the inquiry.

The latest developments come after it was revealed Mr Fulcher had resigned from the force and new evidence was found in April in the Becky Godden-Edwards murder case at the field in Eastleach where she was buried.

Other items of property are still being analysed from that discovery and, coupled with the latest finds in Ramsbury, the case has gathered pace in recent weeks.

It gives Becky’s family fresh hope in their fight for justice for her.

Anyone with any information that could assist the inquiry should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 immediately or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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