The mother of Sian O’Callaghan – one of the victims of convicted murderer Christopher Halliwell – has released a statement after stories in national newspapers over the weekend speculated about more victims being out there.
Statement released on behalf of Elaine Pickford, Mother of Sian O’Callaghan:
“Having read a lot over the weekend in various newspapers and online I cannot help but feel there is too much speculation going on around Christopher Halliwell and suspected victims.
“Despite my belief that there is likely to have been more victims, I personally do not feel it is helpful to either the police or those families to publicly speculate on those victims, scenarios and to presume.
“Having been through the awful five day experience when Sian was missing, you are as a parent and a family imagine all sorts of things, as well as trying to retain some small hope. Public speculation I don’t feel would have helped us, just facts which we were kept up to date on during those days and sadly when Sian was found.
“For parents and families of these missing women who continue to suffer must be dreadful, I do hope that anyone who is experiencing a missing loved one does have their questions answered by good police work and facts.”
Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell was handed a whole life sentence last week at Bristol Crown Court for murdering 20-year-old Becky Godden, who disappeared in 2003.
Halliwell is already serving a life term for killing Sian O’Callaghan in 2011.
The 52-year-old evaded justice for five years over Ms Godden’s death due to police breaching arrest guidelines.