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Family’s tears at site where missing Joanna Yeates’s body found

The distraught parents of Joanna Yeates yesterday visited the site where their daughter's body was discovered after she went missing before Christmas.

David (63) and Theresa Yeates (58) laid a bouquet of yellow roses with a picture of their daughter on her graduation at the scene and embraced as they wiped away tears.

Mr Yeates kissed his wife's hand as she wept.

The pair spent a moment alone at the scene before being joined by others including their son Chris and Ms Yeates' boyfriend Greg Reardon.

Mr Reardon (27) left a bunch of red and yellow flowers.

The results of a post-mortem examination are due tomorrow after being delayed because of |the frozen condition of Ms Yeates' body.

However, the 25-year-old landscape architect has been formally identified by her family.

Meanwhile, detectives are to examine CCTV from one of Britain's most famous landmarks.

Officers will look at footage from the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol, on the main route from Ms Yeates' house |to where she was found on Christmas Day.

Ms Yeates, from Clifton, Bristol, had not been seen since December 17 when CCTV showed her in a Tesco store on her way home to her flat.

A couple walking their dogs on Christmas morning found her body close to Bristol and Clifton Golf Club, about three miles from where the graduate lived.

The Avon Fire Service helped police remove the corpse, which was clothed and covered in snow, from the scene in order to preserve the site for a thorough forensic examination.

Chief Superintendent Jon Stratford said: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Joanna's family for their loss.

“We have not stopped working hard throughout the Christmas period to find their daughter after she was reported missing.

“Now we will work just as hard to discover exactly what happened to her and how she came to be in Longwood Lane on Christmas morning.

“Until the post-mortem examination is able to firmly establish how Joanna died we are keeping an open mind about the cause of her death.

“However, I would appeal to anyone with any information whatsoever that can help this investigation to please come forward and help us provide Joanna's parents with the answers they so desperately want and need,” he added.

David Yeates told a newspaper: “It hasn't been a Christmas for us. I don't know what it's been. It's been surreal, totally unreal.”

Tributes have since been paid to Miss Yeates — known as Jo — on the Facebook site.

Bec Wood wrote: “Rest In Peace Jo. You will always be loved and |remembered for being so beautiful, kind, successful, and lovely. You made Greg so happy.

“Our thoughts are with Greg, your parents and all of your families and friends. We will miss you Jo, and hope that you have peace now. Love and prayers xxxxxx.”

Michael Whitcher added: “Rest in peace little Jo, we will miss you always. My heart and thoughts go out to her family, and I am thankful I knew you. God bless.”

The last known sighting of Ms Yeates was caught on CCTV |as she bought a pizza at a |branch of Tesco Express in the Clifton area on the evening of |December 17.

Ms Yeates, who worked with Mr Reardon, was making her way home from the Ram pub in Park Street at about 8pm after a night out with work colleagues.

On her way home she rang her best friend to arrange to meet on Christmas Eve.

Ms Yeates lived with her boyfriend, who reported her missing on Sunday night after returning home from a weekend away in Yorkshire.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Reardon's mother Lydia said Ms Yeates and her son were planning to get married and their family Christmas had been shattered by her disappearance.

“Greg is so fond of her. We thought that when he finished getting the last of his qualifications they would get engaged,” she said.

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