Joanna Yeates went missing 17/10/2010; discovered Christmas morning 2010. Investigation ongoing.

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Detectives appeal for information to locate piece of clothing

Detectives in the Joanna Yeates investigation are appealing for information to locate a piece of clothing that has not been found since the discovery of her body in Longwood Lane, Failand near Bristol.

Since then detectives on Operation Braid have been working tirelessly around the clock to carry out detailed forensic examinations at not only the site where she was found but at Canynge road.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones confirmed that: “When Jo was found at the site in Longwood Lane her coat and boots were missing. These were later found at her flat in Canynge Road.

“One of her socks was missing and we have yet to find this. It is described as a light grey sock with lighter detail on the toes, heel and shin.

“We have not located this sock at the scene or at Jo’s home. I am keen to find it, so I would appeal to anyone who may know where it is to contact my team. You can do this on 0845 456 7000 or via http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/jo”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Operation Braid incident room on 0845 456 7000 or go to http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/jo

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 – no one will ever know you called, no personal details are taken and calls are not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Make a Charity Donation in Jo’s Name

Many people have enquired wishing to make a donation to charity in Joanna’s memory. If you feel you’d like to give something back in Jo’s name, a donation website has been set up:

www.justgiving.com/joannayeates

All donations will go to The Missing People Charity – www.missingpeople.org.uk

Man Arrested on Suspicion of Murder

Just after 07.00hrs this morning, police attended an address in Canynge Road and arrested a 65-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

He has been taken into custody at a police station within the Avon and Somerset force area and detained for questioning.

Detectives investigating Joanna’s murder are continuing to carry out forensic examinations, and are also continuing to appeal for anyone with any information that can help the enquiry to call the Operation Braid incident room on 0845 456 7000 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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.”

Murder Enquiry Launched

From http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/jo :

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones has today (Tuesday) confirmed that the investigation into the death of 25-year-old Joanna Yeates is now a murder enquiry.

He said: “I am leading the murder investigation.

“The post mortem examination has taken longer than usual, because of the frozen condition of her body.

“The pathologist completed his examination last night, and concluded that the cause of her death was compression of the neck; in other words, strangulation.

“As a result of the findings of the post mortem, we believe that Joanna’s body has been in the roadside verge off Longwood Lane, Failand, for several days before being discovered on Christmas morning.

“I am very keen to hear from anybody who saw or heard anything or anyone acting suspiciously in the Longwood Lane area particularly the area near to the entrance to Durnford Quarry over the last week but in particular the weekend of Friday December 17 to Sunday 19. This was the weekend when we experienced heavy snow in the area.

“However small or insignificant you think your information might be, please come forward and speak to us.

“Please don’t assume we may already have been told the information that you have; we would much rather be told the same piece of information several times over than not be told it at all.

“Today (Tuesday) we are continuing our meticulous search of the area in which Joanna was found, in order to make sure we capture any potential evidence that may be there.

“There are a number of other lines of enquiry that we are pursuing.

“One of these is inevitably going to be how Joanna got from her home in Clifton to Longwood Lane, which is about three miles away.

“This means that we will be looking at any possible routes that could have been taken to get to and from that location. This includes reviewing relevant CCTV footage from cameras on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which is an obvious link between the locations.

“However, this is just one of a number of routes that could have been taken, and we need to make sure we cover every possibility.

“Another line of enquiry we are following up concerns the night of her disappearance. We know that she had been to the Bristol Ram pub on Park Street with work colleagues.

“We know that she left the pub at 8pm on Friday December 17 and on her way home stopped off at Waitrose on the Clifton Triangle.

“We also know that she went to the Bargain Booze shop and a Tesco Express store in Regent Street, Clifton, where she bought a pizza, leaving that store at about 8.40pm.

“We believe she then returned to her ground floor flat in Canynge Road because her keys, purse and bankcards were still there, together with a receipt from the Tesco store.

“At the time she would have arrived home aprox. 8.45pm, there were other pedestrians and vehicles in Canynge Rd at that time. We would like anybody in the area of Canynge Rd to please come forward.

“I met Joanna’s family for the first time yesterday, and we have informed them of all the very latest developments and findings. I do, of course, offer them my heartfelt condolences as this tragic time.

“As you know, they were in the Bristol area yesterday where they formally identified their daughter’s body, and also visited the scene where she was found.

“Somebody out there does know what happened to Joanna; someone out there is holding that vital piece of information we need to help provide Joanna’s family with the answers they need and want.

“We know some of her last movements on Friday December 17: we know where and when she was found. We now know how she died.

“What we have to do next is find out why she was killed and who was responsible.

“I have a large team of police officers and staff who have been working tirelessly to help find the answers to those questions.

“I would urge anyone listening to me today who has any information whatsoever to please come forward and speak to us.

“They can call the Operation Braid incident room on 0845 456 7000 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or they can use the secure contact form on the force website, http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk.

Police Have Confirmed Identity

We are extremely saddened to announce that although formal identification procedure is still to be completed, Police have confirmed that the body found in Longwood Lane, Bristol at 9am on Christmas morning is that of Joanna.

A local couple walking their dog discovered the body and immediately notified police who sealed off the area.

A post-mortem is still to be completed so no further details are yet available but Police are treating the death as suspicous.

Joanna’s family and boyfriend have been informed.

This site will be updated with all the known facts of the investigation and we again appeal for any information; call the Operation Braid incident room on 0845 456 7000 or provide information on-line via the special section on the police website or by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers will not ask for your name and will make no attempt to trace your call.

HEartfelt condolences go out to all of Jo’s friends and family. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time.

All enquiries/information/help with the investigation should be directed to the Avon and Somerset Police force – http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/.

 

Current Story on News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-12079050

There is currently NO CONFIRMATION on the identity of the body found in longmead lane near Bristol.

Please stay strong and supportive for Jo’s family and boyfriend.

This will be a terrible day no matter who the young lady is. Please save a thought/moment of silence before your Christmas meal for those who will not be having a merry Christmas.