Family 'devastated' by Becky murder
The mother of murdered Becky Godden-Edwards has told of how her daughter's death has devastated her family.
Karen Edwards said her daughter's drug addiction had turned her into a "very different person".
A tearful Mrs Edwards was comforted by her husband, Charlie Edwards - Miss Godden-Edwards' stepfather - and her sister, Tracy Mullane.
She told a police press conference: "My daughter has been murdered and to be given the news on what would have been her 29th birthday, we can't believe it.
"After everything she has been through in her troubled life. Life was hard before when she was living the life of an addict but we really did think she was alive and that one day she would come back home.
Mrs Edwards described how her daughter had fallen in with the wrong crowd when she was a teenager and had started taking drugs. She left school and her life spiralled - spiralled into some very dark places to feed her addiction. She became a very, very different person."
Mrs Edwards, who remarried when Becky was 15, said: "We sought help from drug charities, doctors, we also asked for help from MP Julia Drown. We then put her into a private rehabilitation centre. We tried everything to stop her leaving home but on every occasion the pull of her habit was much stronger and she would do whatever she needed to do to get her next fix."
Breaking down in tears, Mrs Edwards said: "She told me once that she loved me so much, she couldn't keep putting me through this hell and she was leaving and she would not come back to me until she was clean. I never saw her again but I thought she was living in Bristol, she'd lived there before."
Police only discovered Becky's remains in a field at Baxter's Farm in Eastleach, Gloucestershire following the arrest of minicab driver Christopher Halliwell, 47. He had been arrested by police investigating the disappearance of Sian O'Callaghan from outside a nightclub in Swindon on March 19.
Halliwell, of Ashbury Avenue, Swindon, has been remanded in custody to await trial accused of the murder of Miss O'Callaghan, 22. Bristol Crown Court heard last week that he is to be interviewed in the coming weeks by detectives investigating Becky's murder.