Latest Statement from David and Theresa Yeates
Jo’s parents have made a further statement appealing to those responsible for their daughters death.
“We are making this appeal as we feel this is one way we can help this police investigation. We feel we are part of the police investigation, just as much as the investigating officers. We spend much of our time – as I imagine most of the country does – thinking of scenarios which took Jo, alive in her flat, to being found dead by the side of a country lane. These scenarios change as events unfold, and new facts are made available. All our thoughts are passed back to the police. Although we invariably do not have all the facts known by the police, we do know Jo. We know what Jo would do, and how she would react in different situations. This, we believe, is our major contribution.
“Whatever we do or say, we do not want to frustrate or compromise the police investigation.
“For over three weeks there has been extensive media coverage of Jo’s disappearance and murder. The last few weeks have encompassed an extensive festive period. Many people will have probably been socialising and spending extra time with family and friends.
“Nearly the whole country has been moved by the tragic events surrounding Jo’s murder.
“Many of us are ‘armchair detectives’, but if this activity triggers anything please come forward.
“If you do know something and you do not come forward you are consciously hampering the apprehension of Jo’s killer(s) and the perpetrator(s) is still free.
You will also be prolonging the torment of Jo’s family and friends.
“Do you know anyone that hasn’t been shocked or disturbed?
“Has anyone you know had an unusual or inexplicable reaction?
“Was their behaviour unusual on the week-end of 17/18/19th December, or throughout the past three weeks?
“Do you know someone who has been behaving out of character either by actions, or what is said – or not said? Do you know someone who has inexplicably become reclusive, quiet or vocal?
“As mentioned above, scenarios abound regarding Jo. Has someone tried to impress on you a scenario which has been inconsistent with the information released by the police at that time – and refused to change it?
“It would appear that the nation is shocked and appalled by what has happened to our daughter. Do you know someone who has been, somehow, justifying her being killed?
“Please help us identify the killer. Jo was probably acquainted with her killer.
“We are sure the killer will be brought to justice. When this happens, please think how you will feel, if you knew the killer, and you had questions in your mind which you consciously refused to act on.”