Pair held over missing teenager

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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Two people remain in custody today on suspicion of murdering missing 16-year-old Becky Watts as police continue to search for her.

The teenager was last seen at her house in Crown Hill in St George, Bristol, on the morning of February 19.

A 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of her kidnap. They were further arrested yesterday on suspicion of her murder.

Becky left home with her phone, laptop and tablet computer but did not tell friends or family where she was going, or take extra clothing.

Police have been searching for her since she was reported missing by her family at 4pm on February 20.

Yesterday morning a district judge gave police a warrant of further detention, giving a further 36 hours to question the two arrested people.

Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour of Avon and Somerset Police told reporters yesterday: “Our search for Becky continues unabated.

“We are drawing upon all possible resources to help us. Additional officers from Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Devon and Cornwall and police dogs from South Wales Police have been drafted in and support from the police helicopter.

“Search and missing persons experts from the National Crime Agency, College of Policing and the national missing persons organisations continue to work with our inquiry team.”

Police have extended searches to include a house in Southmead and one in the Barton Hill area of Bristol.

Mr Courtiour appealed for anyone who might have information to come forward immediately.

“Someone out there might have vital information which could help us find Becky.

“This morning, we published an appeal for information from anyone who may have seen a black Vauxhall Zafira, registration number HY06 HYA, in the local area any time between the morning of Thursday February 19 to Monday February 23.

“We have seized this car but we need the public’s help in tracing where it might have been during those key days.”

Speaking at the weekend, Becky’s father Darren Galsworthy and stepmother Angie-Mae Galsworthy said they would “prepare ourselves for the worst”.

“Rebecca has still not been found,” they said in a statement issued through Avon and Somerset Police.

“We continue to hope that she will be found safe and unharmed but we will prepare ourselves for the worst.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has assisted in the search for Becky and for the messages of support.

“We continue to work with the police to bring their investigation to a successful conclusion and we would like to ask members of the public to continue to report anything, however small, if they think it may help to find Becky.”

Mr Galsworthy told ITV News that his family “need closure”.

“It’s an absolute hell on earth nightmare that seems to be going on and on forever,” he said. “We just need closure, we want it all to go away, get everything back to normal, get my little girl home.”

The teenager’s uncle Sam Galsworthy said no-one on her father’s side had any connection to her disappearance.

Seeking to end speculation and rumour, he told ITV News: “We want to make it absolutely clear that no member of Darren’s side of the family are implicated in any way.

“Every family member who was part of our search for Rebecca still remains with us.

“We are aware that this is an ongoing investigation and cannot say any more.

“We can’t thank the public enough for their support. Please respect our privacy now as we process this information.

“Either way, we still want her home and we will continue our search for Rebecca.”

Forensics officers dressed in white protective suits and blue footwear were seen leaving the family home carrying a large barrel-shaped object.

A second address in Cotton Mill Lane, in the Barton Hill area of the city, has also been searched after police cordoned off the street.

Hundreds of leaflets have been printed and a social media campaign, using the hashtag #FindBecky, has gained thousands of hits.

The total reach for the social media campaign to find her has been more than four million people worldwide.

Becky is described as 5ft 4in and slim, with long, bright red hair, and she was wearing a dark navy blue Puffa-style jacket with fabric sleeves.

Police have urged anyone who can help the inquiry to call them on 101, or leave information anonymously with CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111, or to use their online reporting tool on the website.

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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