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Police renew murder probe plea one year on from disappearance of a Burton woman

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

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DETECTIVES have launched a renewed appeal to find the killer of a Burton woman – a year after she was reported missing.

Lisa Bennett, of Winshill, vanished in May last year and a long-running investigation by officers from West Midlands Police concluded that she had been murdered.

Now, 12 months on, police are urging people who knew her in the town to come forward to speak to them with any information about the 39-year-old – ‘no matter how small’.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines said: “Anybody in Burton who has got any information in relation to Lisa’s life should get in touch with us.

“There is still so much we do not know about Lisa, particularly about her time and history in the Burton area.

“She had many friends and family there, returned regularly and it was a major part of her life.

“This is why I keep impressing on people the need to get in touch with us about anything, no matter how small.”

Lisa Bennett left the flat she shared with her boyfriend in Selly Oak, Birmingham, on May 9 last year and has not been seen since she visited a nearby Lloyds chemist just hours later.

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 and had missed her 60th birthday.

Lisa is white, around 5ft 8ins tall with short dark brown or blonde hair and has a tattoo of a flower on the back of her neck.

A 33-year-old man was arrested and bailed in connection with her murder following a public appeal for information by Lisa’s mother and her sister Lindsey in February.

Janet said: “It is not knowing what has happened to her that is the most difficult thing.

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

The force has also interviewed another male as part of its investigations but no charges were brought against the individual.

Anyone with information can call detectives on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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