Through Wiltshire Police, John Godden, Becky Godden’s father, has made this tribute to his daughter:
"I would like to say a few words about Becky my daughter who I regarded as Miss World. At this moment in time I am unable to face the press and the world, I am a shattered man and my heart is broken and nothing seems worthwhile.
Becky has always been a Daddy’s girl; she always stood by me through thick and thin. Becky would not have anything said about her Dad, I adored her so much she could do no wrong; she will always be Daddy’s girl.
My sweet angel will never ever be forgotten!!!
We had so many lovely times together; Becky was my soul mate and will remain in my broken heart forever.
When we meet again Daddy will keep baby cosy and warm, sleep in peace my sweet child.
Lots of love from Daddy xxx
14 April: At a press conference, Becky Godden-Edwards’ mother Karen Edwards read a statement, alongside Becky’s step father Charlie Edwards and Karen’s sister Tracy Mullane.
During the conference Karen Edwards had a photo of Becky at 5 years old of age. She said:
‘Becky was a beautiful intelligent girl, my daughter; she was loved by all her family, and we loved her with all our hearts and our loss is so unbearable.
‘Becky gave me so much joy and love as a child. However, as a teenager, she got involved with people who introduced her to drugs. She left school and her life spiraled into some very dark places to feed her addiction. She became a very different person.
‘During her teenage years, we did everything we could to help her overcome her drug addiction. We sought help from drug charities, doctors; we asked for help from the MP Julia Drowns, we then got her into private rehab clinics, we tried everything to stop her from leaving home but on every occasion the pull of her habit was stronger and she would do whatever she had to do to get her next fix. It was not unusual behaviour for Becky to disappear for weeks or months on end.
‘When she was in serious trouble she always phoned me, we would go and get her and bring her home only for her to disappear again. Life was very tough for all of us and we witnessed many awful things that we would not wish on any parent.
‘Following a conviction for theft in 2001, Becky made the choice to leave home rather than stay where we could care for her and once again try to rehabilitate her. She told me that she loved me so much she could not keep putting me through hell and she was leaving and would not come home until she was clean. I never saw her again but I thought she was living in Bristol, where she had been before.
‘Over the years I have tried to find her through the police, the hospital, and other organisations that trace missing people but to no avail. I was also told by sources, close to the family, time and time again, that they had seen Becky during the missing years, so I still had a strong belief that one day she would come home to us. I have continued to buy her birthday and Christmas presents every year since she left, hoping that one day I would be able to give them to her.
‘And now this. My daughter has been murdered and to be given the news on what would have been her 29th birthday, we can’t believe it. After everything she has been through in her troubled life. Life was hard before when we thought she was living the life of an addict but we really did think she was alive and that one day she would come back home.
‘Becky has now been found and the news of her horrific death has devastated all her family. If anyone has any information that may help the police to establish when Becky was murdered or to fill in those missing years we plead with you to come forward.
‘We would like to thank Steve Fulcher and his team (Wiltshire Police), and all the well wishers for all the help and support they have given us, and also to send our sincere condolences to the family of Sian O’Callaghan.’
Photos, right, courtesy of Swindon Advertiser
Karen and Charlie Edwards, below right.
Below, a message of thanks to wellwishers pinned to the fence outside the Edward’s home in Nine Elms, Swindon