Missing rucksacks could offer clues to double murder inquiry

The rucksack being hunted by police in connection with the double murder
The rucksack being hunted by police in connection with the double murder

ITEMS linked to a double murder may be in the Eastbourne area.

Officers investigating the murders of the Reverend John Suddards and Betty Yates in the west country earlier this year are appealing for the public’s help in locating a rucksack and a mobile phone.

Police believe the missing rucksack and phone could be vital to their investigations and may be on farmland or in an outbuilding or barn in the south east, potentially in the Eastbourne area.

Officers are appealing to farmers to check their property for these items which may have been discarded some time between Tuesday February 14 and Saturday February 18.

The Eurohike Hydro rucksack is olive green and black and has a distinctive orange belt clip on the side straps which doubles as a whistle.

If anyone finds this bag they are asked not to touch it but to contact the police immediately as it may need to be preserved for forensic evidence.

Police are also looking for a missing purple Blackberry 9300 and anyone who knows where it is or has been offered one for sale since Tuesday February 14 is asked to contact the police.

Reverend Suddards was found dead in his home in Thornbury near Bristol on February 14.

Betty Yates was found dead in her home in Bewdley, Worcestershire on Wednesday January 4.

Stephen Farrow, 47, has been charged with murder and remains in custody.