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Sister of murdered 13-year-old girl speaks for first time to help find killer

Dave Higgens

Published 09/04/2015 | 07:51

Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of Lindsay Jo Rimer, as police are reconstructing the unsolved 20-year-old murder of the 13-year-old girl using Twitter to try and find her killer
Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of Lindsay Jo Rimer, as police are reconstructing the unsolved 20-year-old murder of the 13-year-old girl using Twitter to try and find her killer
Lindsay Jo Rimer buying cornflakes in a shop on Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, as police are reconstructing the unsolved 20-year-old murder of the 13-year-old girl using Twitter to try and find her killer
Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, as police are reconstructing the unsolved 20-year-old murder of 13-year-old Lindsay Jo Rimer using Twitter to try and find her killer

The sister of a 13-year-old girl who was murdered 20 years ago has spoken for the first time in an attempt to help track down her killer.

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Lindsay Jo Rimer was last seen in November 1994 when she went to a shop near her home, in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Her body was found in a canal five months later.

Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, as police are reconstructing the unsolved 20-year-old murder of 13-year-old Lindsay Jo Rimer using Twitter to try and find her killer
Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, as police are reconstructing the unsolved 20-year-old murder of 13-year-old Lindsay Jo Rimer using Twitter to try and find her killer

Her sister, Kate, has decided to speak about her family's ordeal as the 20th anniversary of the discovery of Lindsay Jo's body approaches on Sunday.

Ms Rimer said: "I was 20 at the time and still remember when mum called me to say my little sister was missing. I felt instantly that something was wrong.

"And then five months later she was found.

"From the beginning we have been filled with grief and we cannot stop the grief and instead remember her with love until this comes to an end.

Lindsay Jo Rimer buying cornflakes in a shop on Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, as police are reconstructing the unsolved 20-year-old murder of the 13-year-old girl using Twitter to try and find her killer
Lindsay Jo Rimer buying cornflakes in a shop on Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, as police are reconstructing the unsolved 20-year-old murder of the 13-year-old girl using Twitter to try and find her killer

"We miss her so much but every memory of her is tainted - it is so painful and bleeds into everything we do."

She said: "It is about time this came to an end - it is a life sentence for this family.

"I now live on the south coast and when my daughter started school the teacher had moved from Bradford and, on noticing the surname, asked if she was related to Lindsay.

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"She had to say that Lindsay would have been her auntie."

Lindsay Jo was last seen in the town on November 7 1994. She left her home on Cambridge Street to go to the shops and paused briefly at the Trades Club on Holme Street where she met her mother before buying cornflakes at the Spar shop.

CCTV from the shop on Crown Street shows her buying the cornflakes at 10.22pm. It is not known what happened to her then.

Her body was found in the Rochdale Canal on April 12 1995.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police, said previous publicity has helped generate new leads.

But he said: "We are, however, still waiting for that one 'golden nugget' of information that will finally crack the case and bring closure to Lindsay's grieving family.

"Anyone who watches the clip of Kate's interview will be moved by what she has to say. It is clear that the pain still runs as deep as it did 20 years ago and nothing will ever completely erase the memory but bringing Lindsay's killer to justice will at least bring some closure to the family.

"Someone somewhere knows what happened to Lindsay and I am appealing again, directly, to that person to come forward and help me solve the case.

"For 20 years Lindsay's family have had to live with the pain and the hurt of not knowing what happened to her as her killer continues to enjoy their liberty."

The officer said: "All we know is that Lindsay's body was found five months later on Wednesday April 12 1995, with the ultimate indignity to her and to her family that her body was left to rot in a watery grave.

"Someone prepared to do this doesn't deserve any protection. It is time they were brought to justice."

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