THE mother of Becky Godden-Edwards has welcomed the discovery of new evidence in the field where her daughter was buried.
Karen Edwards hopes it will bring her a step closer to justice.
She has said she was surprised to learn of the new discovery, which police made last Thursday during extensive searches of Baxter’s Farm in Eastleach, Gloucestershire.
The new activity came little more than three years after Karen learned of her daughter’s murder on what would have been Becky’s 29th birthday.
Becky, who disappeared between the end of 2002 and the start of 2003, was found in the field in early April 2011 after police were taken there by mini-cab driver Chris Halliwell during the inquiry into Sian O’Callaghan’s death.
The 49-year-old, of Ashbury Avenue, Nythe, was jailed for life for the murder of the 22-year-old office worker in October 2012 after admitting abducting her from an Old Town nightclub.
But he was never prosecuted for Becky’s death due to a ruling by a High Court judge that the officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, breached police procedure laws in interviewing the killer.
Karen said she had faith in the new investigative team headed by cold case specialist Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory.
“I have every faith in them that they will bring me justice,” the 52-year-old said. “Sean is a very dedicated police officer. He seems as devoted to solving Becky’s case as Steve Fulcher was. I think they are doing a brilliant job and maybe this new evidence is just what we needed.
“Halliwell will now know there is a super-dooper detective on the case and that might put the wind up him. It could be a big bonus. “When they told us they were doing forensics we didn’t know what they were doing it on, and it could be a few weeks before we find out the identity – it’s a waiting game again, just like it was three years ago. It is raw again now but nothing will ever be as bad as that day on April 4, 2011 – Becky’s birthday – when they told me the body in that field was her.
“Becky’s life was complicated and it’s still complicated now. There have been so many twists and turns in this investigation.”
Karen, who is also running a petition to change the law on police interview procedures, urged people to contact officers with any information. “They are piecing together a huge jigsaw puzzle and any information could help,” she said. “People always say things to me and I always tell them that they should tell the police – you never know what might be important and might make the difference.
“This has brought it all back to the fore now and that means the petition too. If anyone has any packs they need us to pick up they should email me on justiceforbecky@ yahoo.co.uk or visit Justice for Becky on Facebook.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 101.