POLICE have launched a fresh appeal for information ahead of next week's 23rd anniversary of Hebden Bridge School girl Lindsay Rimer going missing.
Lindsay, age 13 was last seen on the evening of November 7 1994 after she went out to buy a packet of cereal from a local shop.
Her body was found five months later by workmen in the Rochdale Canal. She had been murdered.
Detectives have been investigating her disappearance and murder for over two decades and continue to appeal for anyone who may know anything about what happened to Lindsay to come forward.
The last known sighting of Lindsay was at just after 10.22pm at the Spar shop on Crown Street in Hebden Bridge, where she bought a packet of cornflakes. It is not known what happened to her after that.
Tuesday marks the 23rd anniversary of Lindsay's last known movements.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson said; “In spite of all the efforts over the years, we have still not been able to bring anyone to justice for Lindsay’s murder.
“We have been working with Canadian forensic specialists for the last two years to see if any DNA evidence can be used to trace Lindsay’s killer. This work has recently come to an end, however due to the rapid developments within this area of science, we will continue to use any new techniques available to us to examine the evidence and assist the investigation.
“Circumstances such as these wouldn’t happen today; there is CCTV on most streets and most young people have a mobile phone. It is difficult to put in to context Lindsay’s disappearance when you consider it by the way we live 23 years later. Today we would be able to access all manner of technology to track Lindsay’s movements. We need people to be our eyes and ears of that night in November 1994.
“Where were you? What were you doing? Who were you with? Where did you go? Did you walk, drive? Did you see or hear anything suspicious but not consider its importance?
“Perhaps you have thought about speaking to police before, but thought what you had seen, or what you know may not be significant.
“I would urge anyone in any of these circumstances to speak to police. Every piece of information received is meticulously examined to determine its place within the investigation.
“I am still waiting for that one 'golden nugget' that leads us to Lindsay's killer. I believe that the answers lie within West Yorkshire. There is someone who lived, or still lives in Hebden Bridge has the answers that we and Lindsay’s family are so desperately hoping for.
“Someone somewhere knows what happened to Lindsay. It is a weight that they have carried for twenty three years. A secret they may have shared with others who feel obliged to protect them. “Lindsay was a 13-year-old girl, who was murdered before her body was crudely concealed in the Rochdale Canal, only a few miles from her home.
“Those responsible for Lindsay’s murder, or anyone who knows about it should find it within them to do the right thing. The right thing for Lindsay, the right thing for her family. Come forward and end the pain of the last 23 years. Make that call.”
On November 7 1994, Lindsay left her home on Cambridge Street, Hebden Bridge, to go to the shops. She paused briefly at the Trades Club on Holme Street where she met her mum before moving on to Crown Street.
On Crown Street she went into the Spa Shop and CCTV from the store shows her buying the cornflakes at 10.22pm. It is not known what happened to her then.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call detectives directly on 01924 821441. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence on 0800 555111.
*A 63-year-old man arrested in November 2016 has been released from police bail in July 2017 with no further action being taken.
*A 68-year-old man arrested in April 2017 has also been released with no further action being taken at this time.