Police are hoping to crack the case of an unsolved murder of a teenage girl who went missing 20 years ago in Hebden Bridge.
Two decades have passed since 13-year-old Lindsay Jo Rimer was last seen in the town and detectives are re-launching an appeal to track down her killer or killers.
The last known sighting of the Calder High School student was just after 10.22pm at the Spar shop on Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, on November 7, 1994.
Her body was found five months later in the Rochdale Canal.
Marking the 20th anniversary of her disappearance, detectives are appealing directly to the local community for help to crack the case.
Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson of the Protective Services (crime) department, said: “Someone, somewhere knows what happened to Lindsay and I am appealing directly to that person to come forward and help me bring closure to Lindsay’s grieving family.
“For 20 years Lindsay’s family have had to live with the pain and the hurt of not knowing what happened to her as her killer continues to enjoy his or her liberty.
“Every time they pass someone in the street they might be thinking – ‘was it him’ or ‘was it her’. The pain of losing a loved one in this way has caused them immeasurable suffering and not knowing who did this makes it even worse.
“Lindsay was a young girl with her whole life ahead of her and no-one knows what she could have become – her killer or killers took that away from her.
“Over the years loyalties change. You may have had suspicions about a friend or a loved one back in 1994 but never came forward out of a misguided sense of loyalty. I am appealing directly to you to come forward.
“The information may seem trivial to you but could be the final piece in the jigsaw needed to catch a killer.”
As part of the re-appeal, a video appeal and reconstruction of Lindsay’s last known movements has been released by the force.
For the first time ever the force is using a ‘tweeconstruction’ to help spread the message.
A ‘tweeconstruction’ is a reconstruction of the case and appeal using the social media platform, twitter.
“We are looking to spread the message as far and wide as possible, by using traditional and less traditional media to have the maximum impact possible.
“I would urge everyone to watch the video and, where possible, to join in with our tweeconstruction by retweeting our messages.”
To watch the video, available from tomorrow, visit the West Yorkshire Police website www.westyorkshire.police.uk
To follow the tweeconstruction visit twitter.com/westyorkspolice
On November 7 Lindsay left her home on Cambridge Street, Hebden Bridge to go to the shops. She paused briefly at the Trades Club on Holme Street where she met her mum before buying the cornflakes.
CCTV from the shop on Crown Street shows her buying the cornflakes at 10.22pm. It is not known what happened to her then.
“All we know is that Lindsay’s body was found five months later on Wednesday April 12, 1995, with the ultimate indignity to her and to her family of her body being left to rot in a watery grave,” added Det Supt Atkinson.
“Someone prepared to do this doesn’t deserve any protection. It is time they were brought to justice.” Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call detectives directly on 01924 334604 or text on 07786 200805.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.