Suzy Lamplugh disappearance: Timeline of events

Suzy Lamplugh went missing in 1986

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Police investigating the 33-year mystery of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh's murder have begun further searches in Worcestershire following "new information".

Ms Lamplugh was declared dead in 1994, presumed to be murdered, after going missing aged 25 in 1986.

She had left her west London offices to meet a mystery client known only as Mr Kipper.

The Metropolitan Police said officers had commenced the searches in Pershore today, at a site near a meadow which was dug up in 2010.

The force said they received information about Ms Lamplugh's disappearance following publicity of the search of a property in Sutton Coldfield - which previously belonged to the prime suspect's mother - in November 2018.

Her murder is considered one of the most notorious cold cases in recent criminal history.

Here are the key events in the case to date:

 

July 28, 1986

Miss Lamplugh leaves her estate agency office in Fulham, west London, at 12.40pm to meet a client called Mr Kipper.

At 10pm, her white Ford Fiesta is discovered in Stevenage Road, Fulham. The doors are unlocked, the handbrake is off and the ignition keys are gone. Her purse, still containing £15, is in the pocket of the driver's door.

A massive police hunt is launched.

 

December 1986

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust is set up by Suzy's parents, Paul and Diana Lamplugh, to tackle violence and support stalking victims.

 

October 1987

With few leads, the police inquiry into the disappearance is closed. The file remains open.

 

April 1989

John Cannan is jailed for life with a minimum of 35 years for the murder of newlywed Shirley Banks in Bristol. He is also sentenced for a rape and an attempted kidnap.

 

February 1994

Miss Lamplugh is officially declared dead, presumed murdered.

 

December 1999

Her mother receives new information from a secret source claiming her daughter's body could be within the grounds of abandoned Army barracks at Norton, Worcestershire.

Scotland Yard says the information is not new but orders a review because of the complex twists in the case.

 

December 4, 2000

John Cannan

Cannan is questioned in prison in connection with the kidnap and murder of Miss Lamplugh. No charges are brought.

 

December 11, 2000

Officers begin a fingertip search of a disused brickworks and a surrounding copse and lake near Norton Barracks in Worcestershire.

Investigators return to the scene several times but are not thought to have made significant developments.

 

June 14, 2002

Police submit a new file to the CPS to examine if there is enough evidence to prosecute a suspect.

 

November 5, 2002

Mr Lamplugh speaks of his "anger and frustration" at news the CPS will not charge Cannan, citing insufficient evidence.

 

December 2002

Reports first surface that Miss Lamplugh may be buried in the garden of the West Midlands home previously owned by the suspect's mother, Sheila.

There is talk of excavating the garden in Sutton Coldfield but Jim Dickie, the detective superintendent leading the investigation at the time, later confirmed his officers did not dig or perform an "extensive" search of the home.

 

August 2010

Police end their search in a meadow between Pershore and Drakes Broughton in Worcestershire with no remains found.

 

August 18, 2011

Mrs Lamplugh dies aged 75 after suffering a stroke.

 

June 12, 2018

At the age of 87, Mr Lamplugh dies after living with Parkinson's disease. His death ends hopes that the parents may see justice for their daughter.

 

October 29, 2018

Police search the Shipton Road property

Investigators led by the Metropolitan Police return to Cannan's mother's former home in Shipton Road, Sutton Coldfield, to prepare to excavate its garden in the hope of ending the 32-year mystery.

 

November 2, 2018

Cannan reiterates his innocence in the case, saying through his solicitor that he hopes the search of the property will conclude swiftly to "end speculation" that he was responsible.

 

November 12, 2018

The "painstaking" two-week search of the garden finds no evidence. Police insist the case remains open.

 

July 3, 2019

The meadow police are now searching

Police begin searching land in Pershore, Worcestershire following new information about the disappearance.