Police confirm bone found near Fairford belongs to murdered woman Becky Godden-Edwards

Becky Godden-Edwards

Becky Godden-Edwards

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Brendan McFadden
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POLICE have confirmed a human bone discovered as part of a reinvestigation into a Swindon woman's murder police  belonged to her.

In 2011, some but not all of Becky Godden Edward's body was found at  Baxters farm in Eastleach  after Swindon Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, 48, led officers there. Halliwell later admitted her murder.

On April 10 this year, a bone, believed to be human was discovered in the vicinity of Ms Edward's grave and officers have now confirmed that it belonged to the murdered girl.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory said: ‘The bone recovered from the field in Eastleach has now been subject to a forensic examination. I am able to say that the DNA matches that of Becky Godden-Edwards (also known as Rebecca Godden). Her family have been informed of this information. Other items were also recovered from the location, which are currently undergoing forensic examination. At this stage we cannot comment further on the nature of these items.’

Police say the the investigation is ongoing and any further forensic or investigative opportunities will be thoroughly explored.

Although Halliwell was charged with Ms Edward's murder, the case was dropped after High Court judge Mrs Justice Laura Cox said methods used to obtain the confession breached the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.

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