Could Suzy Lamplugh murder finally be solved after 34 years? Suspect was spotted hurling a suitcase into a canal in Brentford three days after the estate agent vanished in 1986, re-opened investigation reveals
The suspected killer of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh was spotted hurling a large suitcase into a canal in west London three days after she vanished, a retired detective has revealed.
Ms Lamplugh, 25, disappeared 34 years ago, it is believed after going to meet a client who called himself 'Mr Kipper' in Fulham, south west London.
Killer John Cannan, 66, is currently serving three life sentences at Full Sutton Prison in York after being convicted of murder, attempted kidnap and rape in 1988.
He has never been charged in connection with Ms Lamplugh's murder, but is believed to have told a former girlfriend that he strangled her and buried her body in concrete.
Now former detective superintendent Jim Dickie, who was in charge of a re-investigation into the case, says he was told last year that Cannan was seen dumping a big trunk into the Grand Union Canal in Brentford.
现在负责重新调查此案的前侦探局长吉姆·迪基(Jim Dickie)表示，去年他被告知，有人看到坎南将一个大箱子倾倒在布伦特福德的大联合运河(Grand Union Canal)中。
A lorry driver is said to have witnessed the scene while on his way to work at 5am, three days after Ms Lamplugh vanished.
Cannan was alleged to be seen with the suitcase on a trolley, and ran away after a splashing sound was heard.
Mr Dickie told The Sun: 'I believe the canal sighting is the best piece of information to have emerged about Suzy’s potential whereabouts since she went missing more than 34 years ago.'
Cannan was jailed for life with a minimum of 35 years in April 1989 for the rape and murder of Shirley Banks, 29, in Bristol.
The former detective drew similarities between the two cases, noting that Ms Banks' body was found in a rural location near a main road, while the Grand Union Canal is close to the A4 and M4.
He added: 'We think that after leaving the bail hostel, Cannan had a room somewhere where he took Suzy and murdered her before hiding the body.
'There were warehouses around that area at the time where he could easily have got a trolley.'
Ms Lamplugh's carwas found in the evening on the same day she disappeared, parked in a Fulham street a mile from the house, with its handbrake off but with her purse still in the door pocket.
Six years later, the Metropolitan Police revealed its prime suspect in the case to be serial rapist and convicted killer Cannan – but the Crown Prosecution Service ruled there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
Ms Lamplugh was officially declared dead, presumed murdered, in 1994 and her parents Paul and Diana both died without finding out what happened to their daughter.
The estate agent's disappearance is one of the most puzzling cases of the 20th century.
Witnesses reported seeing a woman meeting her description arguing with a man outside a property in Shorrolds Road at about 1pm on July 28, 1986.
In August 2010, police began searching a field off the B4084 between Pershore and Drakes Broughton, about three miles from the former Norton Barracks in Worcestershire, where a search had previously been carried out in December 2000 and February 2001.
In December 2000, police had also searched a nearby brickworks, which had been mentioned in several of the original witness statements.