UK police chase up new lead on strangled architect
Published 30/12/2010 | 05:00
UK Police said yesterday they were investigating reports that several people had been seen at the flat of murdered landscape architect Joanna Yeates on the night she disappeared.
The development follows media reports that the landlord of the block of flats where Yeates lived had told police that he saw three people, including one who could have been the 25-year-old Yeates, leaving the building on December 17.
Detective chief inspector Phil Jones, who is leading Avon and Somerset police's investigation into the murder, said police were very pleased with the response and were following up several lines of inquiry.
"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," he said.
The landlord would not reveal what he had told the police but told 'Sky News' that his comments to the authorities had been very much vaguer than had been reported.
Yeates's body was found covered in snow by the side of a country lane on Christmas Day. She had been strangled.
The independent charity Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 (€11,700) reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.
As forensics experts searched for clues at her home in Bristol and at the spot where her body was found, police removed a door from her flat for further examination.
They also released new CCTV images of Yeates visiting an off-licence near her home where she is reported to have bought two bottles of cider on the night she went missing. Ms Yeates later bought a pizza but it was not found at her flat.
She went missing after going to a pub to meet colleagues, prompting a big police investigation and emotional televised appeals from her parents for help in finding her.