Britain's longest running missing persons inquiry reaches a new milestone today
It will be 35 years since 13 year old schoolgirl Genette Tate vanished while on her newspaper delivery round in the village of Aylesbeare near Exeter, Devon.
The elfin faced girl was last seen in Withen Lane by two girlfriends before she disappeared.
Police believe she was kidnapped and murdered but the file at Devon and Cornwall police has always remained a missing persons inquiry.
Her father John has begged convicted child killer Robert Black, who was believed to have been making delveries in the area, to confess if he was responsible for her death.
But serial child killer Black has never revealed if he was the fiend behind Genette's disappearance on that Saturday afternoon on 19th August 1978.
Black was convicted in 1994 for the kidnap rape and murder of Susan Maxwell, 11, and Caroline Hogg, five, both from Scotland, and Sarah Harper, 10, from Morley, Yorkshire.
He also abducted a fourth girl, who survived. The paedophile’s reign of terror ended when he was seen trying to snatch a girl off the street and arrested. He was given 10 life sentences and told he will serve a minimum of 35 years.
The former London van driver, 64, is also the suspect in a number of unsolved child murders throughout Europe dating back to 1969, but has always denied having anything to do with Genette’s disappearance.
A jury found him guilty today of the murder of Jennifer Cardy who was snatched as she cycled to a friend’s house in the quiet Co Antrim village of Ballinderry on August 12 1981.
Her body was found six days later in a dam behind a roadside layby 15 miles away at Hillsborough, Co Down. He received a life sentence although he is already serving life for his previous convictions.