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Family of missing mum beg ‘evil’ killer to tell them where her body is


Alan Edwards was jailed for life for the murder of Susan Waring (Pictures: Lancashire Police/SWNS)

The family of a missing mother-of-five have begged her ‘evil’ killer to reveal where her body is so they can finally lay her to rest.

Alan Edwards, 48, was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 27 years for the murder of Susan Waring, 45, who disappeared at the end of January 2019.

During the sentencing hearing at Preston Crown Court Ms Waring’s brother, Peter, read out a victim impact statement as Edwards looked on emotionless from the dock.

He said: ‘One final request and that is for Alan Edwards to tell us where our beloved Susan is so we can lay her to rest and finally have some closure.’

Jurors were told Edwards preyed on the vulnerabilities of Ms Waring, who was blind in one eye, suffered poor health and had learning difficulties, during their brief two-month relationship.

The court heard he was constantly violent and abusive towards her, with her brother describing how Edwards ‘used her as a punchbag’.

Ms Waring was last seen shopping with Edwards in Darwen, Lancashire, on January 29.

Edwards pretended he last saw Ms Waring when she kissed him goodbye and left his flat (Picture: Lancashire Police/SWNS)
The court heard Edwards used Ms Waring ‘as a punchbag’ (Picture: Lancashire Police/SWNS)

In the days that followed, he appealed via Facebook for her to return or make contact.

But an examination of his mobile phone showed he was also visiting the hook-up website flirtymoms.com with ‘increasing regularity’.

Giving evidence, Edwards said he was ‘just browsing’ and it was ‘something to pass the time, waiting for Susan’.

He claimed he last saw her on January 30 when she kissed him goodbye while he was half asleep in his flat and said he was still waiting for her to come back.

However, detectives searching Edwards’ flat found traces of blood throughout the premises which the killer had redecorated in a bid to cover his tracks.

Among the items recovered was a rubber Halloween skull mask which had more than 100 blood spots with traces of Ms Waring’s DNA.

Further analysis indicated he wore it as he bludgeoned her at close proximity.

A rubber Halloween mask which was covered in blood spots belonging to Ms Waring (Picture: Lancashire Police/SWNS)
Edwards was unanimously convicted of murder (Picture: Lancashire Police/SWNS)
A blood-spattered mat recovered by detectives (Picture: Lancashire Police/SWNS)

Last week Edwards was unanimously convicted of murder.

He was also found guilty of offences against four other women, including causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and making threats to kill.

They each recounted how they too were subjected to violent and controlling behaviour from Edwards at various times dating back to the 1990s.

Describing his sister as ‘gentle’ and a person ‘who would never hurt a fly’, Mr Waring told the court: ‘The last two years have simply been hell for us. A nightmare that has continued to cause us turmoil every day.

‘Alan Edwards clearly manipulated Susan, preyed on her vulnerability and used her as a punchbag. This evil man has denied any wrongdoing and has told constant lies about his offending.’

Sentencing, Mr Justice Goss told Edwards: ‘There is no doubt she was frightened of and dominated by you. Your possessive and controlling behaviour ended with you taking Susan Waring’s life.

‘Precisely what you did and how is known only to you.’

Detective Chief Inspector Pauline Stables, of Lancashire Police, said: ‘I am glad we have been able to get justice for Susan’s family in terms of putting her killer behind bars but their suffering continues whilst her body remains missing and they cannot lay her to rest.

‘Edwards continues to deny Susan’s murder and as such, is not revealing where he disposed of her body.

‘If anyone thinks they know anything about where Susan may be, please contact us with any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be.’

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