The devastated sister of murder victim Lindsay Rimer has spoken about her unrelenting grief for the first time – 20 years after the Hebden Bridge schoolgirl’s body was found.
Speaking through tears, Kate Rimer appealed for the killer to come forward and end what has been a life sentence in itself for the Rimer family.
“When you go through this and experience the murder of a loved one you’re filled with grief and it doesn’t go away. It doesn’t get easier,” she said.
“But we can’t lose the grief and start remembering her with love until this person has come forward.
“We miss her so much and everything is tainted. Every memory of her is tainted because of what happened to her - that she was murdered and her body dragged into the canal.
“It’s about time that this finished. That the person responsible for the murder of my sister came forward so that we can move forward in our lives. We have lived with the consequences of this person’s actions for 20 years which is a life sentence for us.”
Lindsay went missing from her home on Cambridge Street, Hebden Bridge, on November 7, 1994. She had been to a convenience store on Crown Street to buy cornflakes and was last seen at 10.22pm. Earlier that night she had briefly stopped in at the Trades Club on Holme Street where she met her mum Geri before buying the cornflakes.
The body of the 13-year-old Calder High School student was found in the Rochdale Canal on April 12, 1995.
Recounting her memories of the day her younger sister went missing, Kate said: “I wasn’t in Hebden Bridge when I heard the terrible news that she had disappeared. My mum had phoned me up to tell me that she wasn’t at home and I felt instantly that something really terrible had happened because she wasn’t the sort of girl to just go off and not let us know where she was.
“And then we just walked into a nightmare where everything had changed.”
It’s about time that this finished. That the person responsible for the murder of my sister came forward so that we can move forward in our lives. We have lived with the consequences of this person’s actions for 20 years which is a life sentence for us.Kate Rimer
Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of when Lindsay’s body was found and detectives are appealing to the local community for help to crack the case.
Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson of the Protective Services (crime) department, said: “Someone, somewhere knows what happened to Lindsay and I am appealing directly to that person to come forward and help me bring closure to Lindsay’s grieving family.
“For 20 years Lindsay’s family have had to live with the pain and the hurt of not knowing what happened to her as her killer continues to enjoy his or her liberty. Every time they pass someone in the street they might be thinking – ‘was it him’ or ‘was it her’. The pain of losing a loved one in this way has caused them immeasurable suffering and not knowing who did this makes it even worse.”
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call detectives on 01924 334604 or text 07786 200805 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.