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Sister makes plea to find killer

Published 09/04/2015

Lindsay Jo Rimer was murdered 20 years ago aged 13 (West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire)
Lindsay Jo Rimer was murdered 20 years ago aged 13 (West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire)

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.

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.

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.

"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.

"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."

Lindsay Jo's mother Geri said her daughter will never be forgotten and that she believed her killer will be found.

Speaking in the centre of Hebden Bridge, Mrs Rimer said: "S omeone out there in this valley knows what happened to her and, after 20 years, we want a bit of closure.

"We want justice for Lindsay more than anything.

"I'm just imploring whoever's got that information to come forward because I strongly believe that at least one person, maybe even more, knows what happened to my daughter."

Mrs Rimer said: "I don't see how someone could commit a crime like this and not show a change of behaviour to somebody close to them. Everybody's got somebody close to them. Someone must have spotted that change in behaviour."

She said it was "j ust a gut feeling" that the answer lies in Hebden Bridge itself.

Mrs Rimer said: "The emotion, the pain doesn't decrease over the years. If anything sometimes it gets more magnified. It never goes away. Not just for me but for my family.

"We've got a lot of confidence in West Yorkshire Police and we will do it."

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