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WATCH: Fresh appeal after Cornish mum's murder

WATCH: Fresh appeal after Cornish mum's murder

Published by Emma Carton at 8:17am 15th October 2018. (Updated at 4:13am 16th October 2018)

The daughter of a woman, murdered in a quiet Cornish village, has made a heartfelt appeal to catch her killer.

It comes 20 twenty years after Linda Bryant was found stabbed to death on the Roseland.

The 40-year-old went out to walk the dog in Ruan High Lanes in October 1998, but never came home.

Lee Taylor, who is now 41-years-old, says she still remembers that fateful day and is urging anyone with clues to come foward.

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Linda Bryant's daughter, Lee Taylor, has made a heartfelt appeal to catch her mum's killer, 20 years after her murder

"We were actually due to go and see my mum and dad and take fish and chips over - I'd spoken to my mum earlier in the day.

"We were just getting ready to leave the house when there was a knock on the door. I remember I took Keelan upstairs, because I was in the middle of changing his nappy and getting him ready to go over.

"His dad came up the stairs and said 'it's your mum' and he was already in tears so I knew it was something bad.

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It is 20 years since Linda, known to friends and family as Lyn, was stabbed to death as she walked the dog on the Roseland

"I just try and think about the good things and remember the good times and memories with her, but it's that surreal part of your life that's just always there.

"The feeling of she's missed out on so much and her grandchildren have missed out on so much because she would've made an amazing grandmother".

Lyn Bryant's daughter - Lee Taylor

What do we know about Lyn Bryant's murder?

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The 40-year-old's body was discovered in the gateway of a field near her home in Ruan High Lanes on The Roseland

Lyn Bryant was killed on Tuesday 20 October 1998 as she walked the family dog near her home in Ruan High Lanes.

Her body was found in a gateway of a field on an unclassified road between the Methodist Chapel and Treviles Manor.

Lyn had sustained a number of knife wounds in what detectives described as a prolonged attack.

One of the most notable details of the crime is her missing tortoiseshell glasses.

They were found on top of the mud in the gateway where Lyn's body was discovered, four months later.

The glasses had only been there for a short time and there is no explanation as to how they came to be there.

What has the inquiry uncovered?

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Four months after Lyn's body was discovered near her home in Ruan High Lanes, her glasses were found lying in the same gateway.

Police have uncovered new evidence which they hope could get to the bottom of what happened.

Recent advances in DNA have enabled detectives to produce a partial DNA profile, believed to be the killer’s.

Since October 2016, officers have been retaking samples from some of the 6,000 individuals who originally gave their DNA to the enquiry, plus possible matches from the National DNA Database.

They say a name suggested by the public could now be the vital piece of the puzzle needed to catch and bring Lyn’s killer to justice.

Police are calling on people to come forward with critical information that they may have withheld at the time, either due to divided loyalty, half suspicions or simply not thought relevant at the time.

 

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20 years after Lyn's murder, police have uncovered new DNA evidence and opened an incident room for reporting possible leads

Senior Investigating Officer Stuart Ellis is a retired detective inspector from the force's Major Crime Team in Bodmin.

“We are asking people to cast their minds back to 1998 as I am convinced that the public hold vital pieces of information to help us solve this case.

“We are urging for anyone who has information, however small, not to hesitate and to contact us. We have the forensic evidence – all we need now is names of individuals so that we can match or eliminate them against the DNA profile".

Retired Detective Inspector Stuart Ellis

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Crimestoppers has put up a £10,000 rewards for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Lyn Bryant's killer

Independent charity, Crimestoppers, has put up a £10,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Lyn’s killer.

Devon and Cornwall Police have opened an incident room where people can report possible leads - read more here.

You can watch the heartfelt appeal for clues from Lyn's daughter Lee here...

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