lindsay rimer

Police investigating the 22-year-old murder of a schoolgirl have arrested a 63 year old man.

Lindsay Jo Rimer was 13 when she went missing in Hebden Bridge, West Yorks, on 7th November 1994.

The town has since become the setting of gritty BBC cop drama ‘Happy Valley’.

Lindsay’s rotting body was found on 12 April, 1995, in the Rochdale Canal – she had been strangled.

West Yorkshire Police have now arrested a 63 year old male in Bradford.

Police discovered new DNA earlier this year, which was sent to Canada to undergo groundbreaking analysis techniques.

Lindsay’s family, mum Geri, dad Gordon, brother Daniel and sisters Kate and Juliet, have been informed of the arrest.

The horror of the unsolved murder has haunted the town and Lindsay’s grim fate has tormented her family.

Her little sister Juliet, 23, was just 17 months old when Lindsay vanished after going to buy cornflakes at the Spar Shop, on Crown Street, on November 7, 1994.

The Pennine town of Hebden Bridge lies in the Calder Valley, which scriptwriter Sally Wainwight has used for the backdrop of BAFTA winning ‘Happy Valley’ starring Sarah Lancashire as West Yorkshire Police sergeant Catherine Cawood.

Lindsay was last seen alive at 10.22pm in the Spar Shop, in Crown Street – the location for some of the scenes.

Her mother Geri, 46, who is now divorced from Gordon, said at a recent press conference held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall:”My little girl deserves justice. My little girl does not deserve to be dead.”

Geri said she used to tell Juliet her big sisters was a ‘star in the sky’.

“I made a vow when her body was found that I would not give up until the conclusion. We owe it to Lindsay,” she said.

“I miss her every day – we all do.”

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) is leading the investigation.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said:” A 63-year-old man from Bradford was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of the murder of the Hebden Bridge teenager.

Lindsay was last seen on November 7 1994 when she went to buy cornflakes from a shop in Hebden Bridge. Her body was found in April 1995 in the Rochdale Canal.

He is currently being questioned by detectives in police custody.”


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