Body could have been dumped in daylight

POLICE believe the brazen killer of a third Ipswich prostitute could have dumped his victim's naked body in daylight.Detectives are still unsure when the third victim was killed or when her body was discarded but senior officers today said, due to the location of the body, it is unlikely it had remained undiscovered for long.

POLICE believe the brazen killer of a third Ipswich prostitute could have dumped his victim's naked body in daylight.

Detectives are still unsure when the third victim was killed or when her body was discarded but senior officers today said, due to the location of the body, it is unlikely it had remained undiscovered for long.

Assistant Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer, leading the triple murder investigation, said: “She (the victim) probably would have been seen if she was dumped any earlier (than Saturday night/Sunday morning) she was visible from the road in a 4x4 or a vehicle that is a bit higher up.

“She could have been dumped during the day and we would urge anyone to come forward with anything they saw.”


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The woman's naked body was spotted by a motorist about 3.20pm on Sunday .

Unlike murdered vice girls Tania Nicol and Gemma Adams, the 24-year-old woman was not found in water.

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There was also a glimmer of hope today after it emerged that two other prostitutes, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell had been seen or heard from in recent days.

Police have said that a friend of Miss Clennell said he had spoken to her on Sunday evening and Miss Nicholls was seen by a member of her family last Thursday.

Mrs Cheer accepted that if the woman had been abducted and murdered overnight on Saturday the killer would be “brazen” given the high visibility police presence in the red light area.

However, police are unsure at the moment if the woman found was taken from Ipswich's red light district - although she is known to work as a street prostitute in the town. She is also not believed to work in a massage parlour or on house calls.

Mrs Cheer added: “We don't know if she was working when she went missing and we don't know the timescales at the moment.

“She (the victim) is known as someone who works on the streets but not only in Ipswich.”

Police are desperate to speak to kerb crawlers and prostitutes in the town in the hope of piecing together clues about the killer.

Mrs Cheer said they are no longer enforcing certain laws around the red-light district and are currently looking into launching an amnesty against arrest for those in the sex industry.

She said: “We could have a copycat killer, we could have two or three people behind this - we could have all sorts of things.”

Mrs Cheer is urging anyone with information to contact her on a mobile phone number on 07764 210572.

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