Crimestoppers Offer Extra Reward
Police have received a good response to the appeal for information following yesterday’s press conference, which confirmed that this was a murder investigation, after the post mortem examination concluded that Joanna had been strangled.
The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering an enhanced reward of £10,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her death.
Anyone with information can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, people can call the Operation Braid incident room on 0845 456 7000.
Police investigating Joanna’s death are continuing with a forensic search of her home today, and are also continuing to work in Longwood Lane, where her body was found on Christmas Day.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, who is leading the investigation into her death, said: “I am very pleased with the response to our appeals from the press conference yesterday.
“There are a number of lines of enquiry we are following up.
“One of these concerns apparent reports that several people were seen or heard in or around Joanna’s flat on the night of her disappearance.
“Clearly this is something we are following up.
“As I stated at the media conference yesterday, we know that there were a number of people in the Canynge Road area on the night of Joanna’s disappearance.
“We want to hear from any of these people or anyone else with information that can help the enquiry.
“We have, of course, been keeping in contact with Joanna’s family and keeping them informed of our progress.
“Late last night, I received a message from Mr Yeates in which he stated he and his family had ‘total confidence’. Indeed, Mr Yeates said ‘we truly believe that you will identify the person who killed our daughter.
“I am, of course, grateful to have the support of the family.
“They, and the general public, can rest assured that myself and my team will leave absolutely no stone un-turned in our attempts to find whoever killed Joanna and to bring them to justice.”
“Everyone can be assured that as soon as any significant developments arise, we will let that information be known.
“In the meantime, I would like to thank everyone – both the Clifton community in particular, and the media – for their co-operation and support in this investigation.”We are doing everything we can to help find the answers that we, and that Joanna’s family, want and need, and if anyone out there can help us do that, please come forward and speak to us.”