Saturday 24 March 2018

Landlord held in Yeates case released on bail

Rosa Silverman

A 65-year-old man arrested over the murder of Joanna Yeates has been released on bail, police said last night.

Chris Jefferies, Ms Yeates's landlord, was being questioned by officers on suspicion of killing the landscape architect, whose snow-covered body was found on Christmas Day.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "A 65-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further inquires."

Ms Yeates's family said yesterday that their daughter had been "stolen" from them but that they were confident the killer would be caught.

In a statement read out by police by the Bristol riverside -- one of Ms Yeates's favourite spots -- they said their lives had stopped as soon as they knew she was missing.

Her boyfriend Greg Reardon declared he would always love her but criticised the media's "character assassination" of "as yet innocent men".

Ms Yeates's family told of their grief at how she had been stolen from them, describing the architect as "a beautiful and talented young lady who was destined to fly high".

Her parents said: "From the moment that we received Greg's phone call on Sunday December 19 until now, time has had no meaning.

"We had a bad feeling from that moment, which deepened when we arrived in Bristol."

They admitted it was something of a relief when Ms Yeates's body was found.

But due to the circumstances, they predicted it would probably be some time before they could bring her body home.

They insisted they had confidence in the police.

"We continue to give them our full support and help where we can," they said. "We are certain that Jo's killer will be caught. Jo was taken from us. The method has only intensified our grief."

Mr Reardon paid a similarly emotional tribute to his girlfriend, calling her "a beautiful woman, beautiful in mind, body and soul".

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