Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­

PO­LICE dig­ging for the body of mur­dered es­tate agent Suzy Lam­plugh in the for­mer gar­den of the prime suspect’s mother spent six months search­ing there 15 years ago.

Miss Lam­plugh, 25, disappeared in 1986 after show­ing a ‘Mr Kip­per’ around a house in Ful­ham, west Lon­don.

Cops be­lieve con­victed killer John Can­nan is re­spon­si­ble for one of Bri­tain’s most in­fa­mous un­solved mur­ders.

Can­nan, who has been in­ter­viewed three times in jail, is cur­rently serv­ing 35 years for the mur­der of Shirley Banks in 1987 – but Suzy’s miss­ing body means he has never faced trial.

Of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing ex­perts who helped in the search for Madeleine McCann in Por­tu­gal, are us­ing spe­cial­ist equip­ment to scan and dig up con­crete at his mother Sheila’s for­mer home in Sut­ton Cold­field – but the Met will not say what prompted the new ex­ca­va­tion work.

The de­vel­op­ment came 15 years after po­lice first named Can­nan as their ‘only suspect’ and a pris­oner serv­ing with Can­nan then told po­lice he heard Suzy was buried un­der the pa­tio the suspect laid there while wear­ing a blood-spat­tered coat.

In 1992 the sub­ur­ban prop­erty was sold to Phillip Carey, 52, who re­vealed of­fi­cers were search­ing his gar­den from Novem­ber 2003 to the spring of 2004 – but only con­cen­trated on an area by the back door.

Cold case de­tec­tives re­turned a few months ago ask­ing for ac­cess again and the search now cen­tres on the garage at the rear of the gar­den amid claims Suzy’s body may have been dumped in a car-in­spec­tion pit and filled with con­crete.


Mr Carey, who works in mar­ket­ing, said: “The po­lice were look­ing at a cor­ru­gated iron shed at the back of the gar­den.

“They’ve pulled it down and I think they’re go­ing to start dig­ging it up.

“If noth­ing is found, then we go on as nor­mal. But if it goes the other way and they find her re­mains, then at least some­one has got a fi­nal end to this hor­ren­dous story.”

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