‘The trail is starting to get cold’: Suzy Lamplugh’s brother launches podcast appeal for information on her final movements and prime suspect John Cannan – and says he STILL hopes to ‘bury her’ 35 years on
- Estate agent Suzy Lamplugh was last seen on July 28, 1986 in Fulham, London
- Her car was later found abandoned but no further trace of her was ever found
- Her brother Richard discusses her disappearance in the Missing Podcast
- Says the ‘trail is starting to get cold’ but says he still believes they’ll find the body
The brother of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh has launched a fresh appeal for information and admitted, ‘the trail is starting to get cold’.
Suzy was last seen on July 28, 1986, when she left the Fulham office of the Sturgis estate agency in her company Ford Fiesta.
Her diary said she had an appointment at 12.45pm to meet a prospective buyer called Mr Kipper.
The car was later found abandoned outside another house on the Sturgis books. The ignition key was missing and her purse was in the glove box. No further trace of her was ever found.
Speaking on the Missing Podcast, which is bringing unsolved cases back into the public spotlight, Richard Lamplugh said he accepts his sister is dead but still lives in hope of burying her body.
Suzy Lamplugh was last seen on July 28, 1986, when she left the Fulham office of the Sturgis estate agency in her company Ford Fiesta. The car was later found abandoned outside another house on the Sturgis books. No further trace of her was ever found
Fresh appeal: Speaking on the Missing Podcast, Richard Lamplugh (pictured with a photo of his sister) said he accepts his sister is dead but still lives in hope of burying her body
He said: ‘All we want is to bury Suze where we want to bury her. And that’s as far as we’re concerned is the most important thing.’
He continued: ‘The trail is starting to get cold because it was 35 years ago and those people [involved in the case] are getting quite old.
‘But it’s never too late. I’m sure the police will always be willing and the case is kept open. Hopefully, one day we will be able to do that, bury her where we want to bury her.’
Suzy was last seen on Shorrald’s Road, Fulham, where one witness reported seeing her show a man with dark hair into the property.
Another said they had seen a woman matching Suzy’s description with a man in a suit and tie who was carrying a bottle of Champagne.
A third said they had seen Suzy arguing with a man in front of a dark BMW.
The prime suspect in the case is John Cannan (right), who is serving a life sentence for the 1987 murder of Shirley Banks in Bristol and the attempted kidnapping of Julia Holman, as well as the rape of an unnamed woman in Reading in 1986. Left, an e-fit of the man Suzy was seen with
The prime suspect in the case is John Cannan, who is serving a life sentence for the 1987 murder of Shirley Banks in Bristol along with an attempted kidnapping and the rape of a woman in Reading the previous year.
One of the most dangerous men in Britain, Cannan had been living at a West London bail hostel around the time of Suzy’s disappearance after serving five years of an eight-year sentence for rape at knifepoint.
Can YOU help with information on Suzy Lamplugh?
- The Missing Podcast is looking to speak to anyone with information on the following:
- Anyone who saw Suzy on the day she disappeared – particularly in Shorrald’s Road, Fulham
- Anyone who can shed light on ‘Mr Kipper’
- Anyone with any information about John Cannan, and his movements in July 1986
He bears a striking similarity to the e-fit image produced from the witness descriptions at the time. There is other circumstantial evidence that appears to connect Cannan to Suzy’s murder.
However he has always denied any involvement in the case and the absence of a body or forensic evidence means there has been little chance of linking him to Suzy.
Speaking on the podcast, Mr Lamplugh said he does believe Cannan was responsible for the crime, saying ‘all the evidence points that way.’
In 1986, Suzy’s parents Paul and Diana established the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, which aims to raise awareness of personal safety and training to help people avoiding being assaulted.
The Trust also offered support and guidance for the loved ones of missing people.
Diana died in August 2011, aged 75, and Paul died aged 87 in June 2018, both without answers regarding their daughter’s disappearance.
Suzy was declared legally dead in 1994, eight years after her disappearance, and presumed murdered.
In 2002 Scotland Yard declared that Cannan was their prime suspect for her murder.
The Missing Podcast has appealed to anyone with information on Suzy, or Cannan at the time of Suzy’s disappearance to come forward. More information can be found on the podcast website here.
Suzy Lamplugh: Timeline of one of the UK’s most notorious cold cases
Suzy Lamplugh went missing in July 1986
March 1981: Cannan robs a knitwear shop at knifepoint and ties up a woman inside and rapes her.
July 25 1986: He is given day release from Wormwood Scrubs after serving five years for the rape.
July 28, 1986: Suzy Lamplugh, 25, disappears after leaving her office to show a man known only as ‘Mr Kipper’ around a house in Fulham, west London.
October 7 1986: Cannan rapes a woman at knifepoint in Reading. Later that day he tries to abduct a woman in Bristol with a gun.
October 8, 1987: Murder victim Shirley Banks failed to meet her husband Richard for a drink as planned and her car is missing. Six months later Shirley’s naked body was discovered decomposed in the Quantock Hills in an area known as Dead Woman’s Ditch.
October 29, 1987: Cannan caught trying to hold up a shop in Leamington Spa and arrested.
November 9 1987: Cannan is arrested on suspicion of stealing Shirley’s car and her disappearance is linked to Suzy’s. His lawyer says his client had never met Suzy.
April 1989: Cannan guilty of Shirley’s murder, raping the woman in Reading and for the attempted kidnap in Bristol. He is given a whole life term later reduced to 35 years.
August 1991: He writes a letter from prison to his local paper denying any part in Suzy’s disappearance.
1999: Police start a cold case review and hand it to the murder squad
June 2002: Met name him as the only suspect
November 2002: CPS say he can’t be prosecuted because of lack of evidence and ‘trial by media’
June 2008: He loses appeal against his 35 year jail term
October 2018: Police return to his mother Sheila’s home and examine the concrete pit Cannan used to tinker with his cars.
November 2018: Police call off search of garden after finding no evidence.
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