In a statement from Wiltshire Police, press officer Scott McPherson writes: ‘HM Coroner for Oxfordshire Mr Salter has today (23 April 2013) recorded a narrative verdict in the inquest of Becky Godden-Edwards (also known as Rebecca Godden).
‘The investigation into the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards remains open.
‘We would appeal to the public to contact us with any information relating to Becky’s disappearance in early 2003. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
‘Our thoughts are with Becky’s family and it is our intention to do everything we can to ensure Becky’s family get the closure they deserve by bringing Becky’s killer to justice.’
Murder of Sian O’Callaghan and Becky Godden-Edwards by Christopher Halliwell
On 19 October 2012 Swindon taxi driver Christopher Halliwell was convicted of abducting and murdering of Swindon office worker Sian O’Callaghan, right, on 19 March 2011.
During the search for Sian’s body after Halliwell has been arrested, he also confessed to the murder of Becky Godden, 28, pictured above,
But It was revealed during Halliwell’s trial that the investigating detective Det Supt Steve Fulcher had not followed arrest guidelines.
DS Fulcher had driven Halliwell around the Wiltshire and Oxfordshire countryside for some hours looking for remains of Sian and Becky, but had failed to caution him and denied him a solicitor in an attempt to get information out of him.
Because of this the High Court judge ruled investigator the policeman had breached Halliwell’s rights. The charge of murder of Becky Godden-Edwards was dropped and the case remains on file.