THE man leading the murder probe into the death of a Burton woman has vowed that he will catch her killer and has urged her family ‘not to give up hope’.
Detective Warren Hines made the impassioned plea as the two month anniversary approaches since West Midlands Police declared that Lisa Bennett, of Winshill, had died after being missing since May 9 last year.
He also revealed in an exclusive interview with the Mail that the force are following up several ‘vital and important’ leads that have been gleaned from people in Burton as a direct result of an emotional public appeal for information by the 39 year olds family.
He said: “I want to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to find out what happened to Lisa and just because there have not been any significant developments, this does not mean that people should lose hope.
“We have visited Burton on several occasions and continue to do so. We have uncovered several vital and important leads as a result and we are following them up as we speak.
“What happened to Lisa was a tragedy and I am determined that the people that held her close will be handed some kind of justice and some kind of closure.
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.
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.
Anyone with information can call detectives on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.