5th January 2011, Bristol in the UK.
Sadly the investigation into the murder of Joanna Yeates has yet to produce the killer or killers. Joanna's landlord is still on bail but has not been charged with her death. Police investigating the crime have issued a warning to women in the area to stay vigilant. News from Bristol has shown most young women being cautious and going about their daily lives, especially at night, in pairs or small groups. An air of fear is almost visible.
Police have today revealed Jo's state of attire when her body was found. Although it appeared that Jo's clothing had not been removed one of her socks was missing. Police are now investigating whether or not she was strangled with her own sock.
Obviously if the sock could be found it might help the investigation. These days DNA and the like mean that even a speck of evidence can help to crack a case. Police issued details of the sock today in the hope that someone may have found it. The sock was a grey knee-length ski sock. Police are also questioning if maybe the sock has been kept by the murderer, as a sort of "trophy". Joanna's coat was found hung up in her flat, and her boots were there also. On the face of it Joanna may have surprised someone in her home or have known the murderer. There were no sign of a break in and the coat and boots may suggest that she arrived home, little realising that someone was in her flat.
The morning news today carried a CCTV image of what appeared to be Joanna on the night she went missing. The CCTV also appeared to show two people following her. There have been many sitings of vehicles in the area at the time and obviously police need people to come forward with any information that they may have. So often in such cases what may seem irrelevant initially could prove crucial to the investigation.
Finally police are hoping that someone may come forward regarding a light coloured 4x4 vehicle. It was seen in the area around the time of Joanna's disappearance.
As this case continues to baffle the importance of eye witness accounts becomes even more vital. For the sake of Jo's family and loved ones, plus the people of Bristol and Jo's memory, this case needs to be solved. Someone out there must know something. Think back and, if you were in the area at the time, try to remember if you saw anything which could be relevant to this case.
Facebook has launched a special campaign to try and aid the investigation. Crimestoppers are also offering a £10,000 reward.