Police vow to find bodies of murdered prostitutes
Police investigating the murders of three prostitutes in England pledged yesterday to do all it takes to locate the bodies of Susan Rushworth and Shelley Armitage.
A small piece of human tissue belonging to 31-year-old Ms Armitage was found in the River Aire, in Shipley, West Yorkshire, last weekend, but her body, and that of Ms Rushworth, has not been recovered. Body parts belonging to a third woman, Suzanne Blamires, were recovered from the river on May 25.
All three women worked as prostitutes in Bradford and lived in the city before they went missing. Criminology student Stephen Griffiths (40) from Bradford, has been charged with their murders.
Griffiths described himself as the "crossbow cannibal" in court last week and will appear before Bradford Crown Court, by video link from Wakefield Prison, on June 7.
Yesterday, West Yorkshire Police said more than 130 staff, including 60 murder squad detectives and 70 specialist search officers, were continuing to search the river and Griffiths's flat, on the edge of Bradford's red light district. A spokesman said: "Police have pledged to continue doing all it takes to locate the bodies of Susan Rushworth and Shelley Armitage as detailed searches continue."
Griffiths, who was arrested at his flat on May 24, is charged with murdering Ms Rushworth (43) between June 22, 2009 and May 25 this year; of murdering Ms Armitage between April 25 and May 25; and murdering Ms Blamires (36) between May 20 and May 25.