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VIDEO: Nine new lines of enquiry into murder of Cornish mum

VIDEO: Nine new lines of enquiry into murder of Cornish mum

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:42pm 16th October 2018. (Updated at 9:01pm 16th October 2018)

Police in Cornwall are pursuing nine new lines of enquiry into the murder of a Cornish mum.

It has been 20 years since Lyn Bryant was found stabbed to death on the Roseland.

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

Her body was found in a gateway of a field but her killer was never caught.

Now Devon and Cornwall Police has launched a major public appeal for information on the 20th anniversary of Lyn's murder as part of the ongoing investigation into her death.

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Police are pursuing nine new lines of enquiry into the murder of Lyn Bryant

In the first 24 hours around 50 calls and messages were received into the incident room and online reporting portal.

The response from the public has generated nine new potential lines of enquiry which are being investigated by detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team.

Six of the leads relate to names of already known individuals who may now be asked to provide a DNA sample for elimination purposes.

In 2015 detectives went back to basics for a full forensic review of the case, examining hundreds of key exhibits from the case with forensic scientists.

This brought about a critical breakthrough thanks to modern scientific techniques - a new partial DNA profile believed to belong to Lyn’s killer.

Since October 2016 officers have been retaking DNA samples from people in the local area and across the UK. Some are selected from the National DNA Database while others are being drawn from the 6,000 individuals who gave DNA to the original enquiry.

All 6,000 are being systematically reviewed and new DNA samples are being taken from some to check them against the partial profile.

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The 40-year-old mum's body was found in this field gateway back in 1998

"The response from the public in the first 24 hours of the appeal has been extremely positive and encouraging.

"We now have at least nine new potential lines of enquiry which are being progressed, six of which relate to people who may well now be asked to provide a DNA sample.

"We are however still appealing to the public to cast their minds back to 1998 and keep the information coming in to us.

"We have the scientific evidence and all we need now from the public is a name.

"We would urge anyone who has any information, however small, to pick up the phone and call us. That one piece of information could make all the difference."

Senior Investigating Office Stuart Ellis, a retired detective inspector from the Major Crime Investigation Team

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Now police have launched a 20 anniversary appeal for any new information

You can call the incident room on 0800 096 1233 or report online via www.dc.police.uk/lynbryant

A £10,000 reward has been offered by independent charity Crimestoppers for information they receive which leads to the arrest and conviction of Lyn’s killer.

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