08:00 Thursday 06 February 2014

VIDEO - 'This is the worst day of my life' says mum of Burton woman feared dead

Written byROB SMYTH

THE distraught mother of a missing Burton woman fought back tears as she pleaded for help to ‘find out what happened to her daughter’ after police arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

Lisa Bennett, originally from Winshill, 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.

At a press conference the 60-year-old described her daughter as having a ‘heart of gold’, as a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder at a flat in the city.

Janet, who spoke alongside Lisa’s 36-year-old sister Lindsey, said: “In our heart of hearts we know that she is no longer with us.

“I now just want to find her so that we can bring her home.

“It is not knowing what has happened to her that is the most difficult thing to come to terms with. Nobody deserves this; we just want to know what has happened.

“This is the worst day of my life and I know that if she was out there she would have contacted us by now. It’s as if she has disappeared and did not even exist.

“Lisa did not live the perfect life and she had battled drug problems. I half expected a visit from police one day because of her drug addictions, but I never expected this.

“All Lisa’s family and friends who know her in Burton love her to bits.

“All we want to do is find out what has happened to her. Even though she can be a bit of a rebel, she is a lovely girl and we all miss her very much.

“Every day, every morning, every night when I go to bed, the last thing I think about is Lisa.

“Where is she and what has happened to her? It never goes away. We just want to find her and have some closure.

“I will never, ever forget Lisa but it would just be nice to have some closure and grieve for her.

“When you are your own it is the worst as it suddenly hits you again. You can hear a song or see a picture and it will bring it all back. Then you feel guilty.

“You don’t have to leave your name; just leave the information so that we can find Lisa.”

Lisa’s younger sister Lindsey said: “Everyone who knew Lisa loved her. She had a heart of gold. We just want to know what has happened so that we can have some closure.

“I wish, I want and I hope someone comes forward and lets us know where she is.

“The pain is just unbelievable and cannot be imagined.”

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