The hunt for Sian O'Callaghan came to a distressing end yesterday when police were led to her body, but authorities are now on the hunt for a second victim
Following the discovery of Sian O’Callaghan’s body yesterday afternoon, police are now on the hunt for a second victim.
The murder suspect – identified locally as a 47-year-old taxi driver Chris Halliwell – yesterday led police to the body of Sian, buried in a shallow grave near the famous White Horse beauty spot in Wantage, Oxfordshire.
The divorced father of three then proceeded to give the location of a second victim’s body, turning the investigation into a double murder case.
Police initially arrested the suspect at an Asda store in Swindon on suspicion of kidnap. He is now being held in custody on suspicion of two counts of murder.
In a press conference held this morning, authorities revealed that the missing second body – believed to be located near the village of Northleach in the Cotswolds – could have been there for years.
‘Wiltshire only has one outstanding missing adult case and that is from some years ago,’ said Chief Superintendent Steve Fulcher.
It is thought that further investigations are now going into the murder case of 25-year-old Melanie Hall, back in 1996, and the disappearance of Tina Pryer, who went missing in Trowbridge in 2001.
22-year-old Sian Callaghan disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning after leaving a nightclub in Swindon.
Her body was found 13 miles from the Japanese-themed Suju nightclub and 20 miles from Savernake Forest where police and volunteers had been concentrating their search.
Police have not yet revealed the cause of her death, but a post-mortem is being carried out.
A white forensics tent was erected yesterday outside the suspect’s red-brick home.
‘Having found these bodies you will appreciate I’m under extreme pressure to undertake certain actions and procedures,’ he said. ‘What I ask is to give me some time to recover these bodies with the dignity and respect they deserve.’
Police have been hunting through the night in what they described as ‘a very painstaking and slow process,’ to recover the second body.