Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Joanna Yeates: Police get more time to question suspect

Joanna Yeates

Detectives were yesterday granted a further extension to continue questioning a 32-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of the murder of landscape architect Joanna Yeates.

The suspect was detained in the early hours of yesterday after police investigating the 25-year-old's death uncovered fresh evidence.

Soon afterwards, specialist search teams moved into a neighbouring flat in the building where Miss Yeates lived at 44 Canynge Road, Clifton, Bristol.

Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak (32) is registered as living at the address with his girlfriend Tanja Morson.

According to neighbours, the couple may have recently separated.

The snow-covered body of the 25-year-old, who was last seen on December 17, was found on Christmas Day near a golf course three miles from her home.

Her distraught family and boyfriend appealed to the public for information relating to her murder.

She had been strangled – and there were unconfirmed reports yesterday DNA traces had been found underneath her clothes, indicating, for the first time, that she may have been sexually attacked.

Police have previously said that there was no evidence that Joanna had been sexually assaulted but they have not ruled out a sexual motive.

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