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Timeline: 20-year anniversary of Lyn Bryant murder

The Cornish grandmother was found stabbed to death in a field in October 1998.

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Lyn Bryant was stabbed to death as she walked her pet dog a mile from her home near Truro (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Lyn Bryant was stabbed to death as she walked her pet dog a mile from her home near Truro (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Lyn Bryant was stabbed to death as she walked her pet dog a mile from her home near Truro (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Devon and Cornwall Police have launched an appeal to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Cornish grandmother Linda Bryant, known as Lyn.

Here is a timeline of the case:

– October 20, 1998

Morning – Lyn Bryant cleans a local house in Ruan High Lanes, visits her parents and returns home.

12.45pm – Mrs Bryant drives her grey Ford Sierra to Harris Garage in Tregony but there is no fuel there.

1.05pm – Mrs Bryant drives on to Chenoweth’s garage at Ruan High Lanes, buying fuel, milk and groceries.

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Mrs Bryant’s car (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Mrs Bryant’s car (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Mrs Bryant’s car (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

– A white van driven by an unknown bearded man enters the forecourt at the same time.

– Mrs Bryant returns home and sees daughter Erin, 19. They have lunch and watch Emmerdale.

1.30pm – Mrs Bryant sets out on her regular walk with Jay, the family’s lurcher dog.

– Witnesses see Mrs Bryant walking along the main lane towards Ruan High Lanes Methodist Church.

1.45-2pm – A motorist sees Mrs Bryant talking to a clean-shaven man at the junction by the chapel.

2.30pm – Mrs Bryant’s body is found lying in the gateway to a field on a road between the chapel and Treviles Manor.

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Aerial view showing where Mrs Bryant’s body was discovered (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Aerial view showing where Mrs Bryant’s body was discovered (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Aerial view showing where Mrs Bryant’s body was discovered (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

2.34pm – A 999 call is made and emergency services are quickly sent.

2.50pm – The air ambulance arrives and Mrs Bryant is pronounced dead at the scene.

2.45-3pm – A farmer sees an unknown man walking in a nearby field, away from the murder scene.

– November 4, 1998 – Mrs Bryant’s last movements are re-enacted for BBC Crimewatch.

– February 2, 1999 – Mrs Bryant’s tortoiseshell glasses are found on top of mud where her body was found four months before.

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Mrs Bryant’s glasses were found at the scene four months after her murder (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Mrs Bryant’s glasses were found at the scene four months after her murder (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

Mrs Bryant’s glasses were found at the scene four months after her murder (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

– April 1999 – Police conduct the first investigative review into the case, named Operation Hermitic.

– December 14, 1999 – A coroner in Truro rules that Mrs Bryant was unlawfully killed.

– March 2002 – The second investigative review, named Operation Hermitic II, takes place.

– 2007 – A full forensic review is undertaken.

– October 13, 2008 – Devon and Cornwall Police launch a 10-year anniversary appeal for Mrs Bryant’s murder.

– May 2016 – A partial DNA profile is developed from a number of samples taken from the scene at the time of Mrs Bryant’s death.

– October 2016 – Officers begin re-taking DNA samples from across the UK.

– October 15, 2018 – Devon and Cornwall Police launch a 20-year anniversary appeal.

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