08:00 Friday 07 February 2014

Murder squad to probe Lisa's associates in Burton

Written byROB SMYTH

MURDER squad detectives are set to head to Burton in a bid to piece together the life story of Lisa Bennett.

West Midlands Police revealed that officers from the specialised unit will visit the town in the coming weeks to speak to family and friends to try and come up with a complete history of the 39-year-old from Winshill.

Detectives also told the Mail that the 34-year-old arrested in connection with her murder had been released on bail and efforts were now being doubled in a bid to try and find out what happened to her.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines said: “Anybody in Burton who has got any information in relation to Lisa’s life in Burton and in the days and week running up to her disappearance should get in touch with us as soon as they can so we can pull together the best picture of Lisa that we possibly can.

“Specialist officers have visited the town in the past and will do so again as we work hard to get to the bottom of what happened to Lisa.

“Taking into account the things that we do as part of daily life such as contact the bank and use mobile phones, it does not appear that Lisa has done any of that.

“As I have said, this has left me with the unavoidable conclusion that Lisa is no longer with us.

“This has been and still is a complex and long running investigation to try and establish what has happened to her and every little bit of the jigsaw is going to be vitally important.

“It’s vitally important that we bring some closure for Lisa’s family.

“Lisa led quite a complex life and we are keen to find out who she was associating with and what she was doing in the days leading up to her disappearance.

“There are a number of gaps that need to be filled in.

“Even if people think what they know is really insignificant, I would still urge them to get in touch.”

It has also been revealed that officers from both Staffordshire and Derbyshire Police have been helping the force with its investigations by talking to known associates in areas of Burton and Swadlincote and will continue to assist in the coming weeks.

Miss Bennett has not been seen since May 9 last year, when the 39-year-old was last spotted in Lloyds chemist in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

Officers were called in after her mum Janet, who lives in Burton, contacted West Midlands Police two weeks later, worried that she had not been in contact with her.

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