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Title: Markham,Christine 05/23/73
Description: Humberside England


monkalup - May 23, 2006 02:28 AM (GMT)
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1054dfuk.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/humber/4999074.stm

Last Updated: Friday, 19 May 2006, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK


Police reopen 1973 mystery case

Christine disappeared on her way to school
Police are revisiting the case of a nine-year-old girl who vanished without trace in Scunthorpe 33 years ago.
Detectives from the Major Investigation Team (MIT) are conducting a review into the disappearance of Christine Markham in 1973.

She left home to attend school but failed to arrive. Police searched some 5,000 homes but she was never found.

Det Supt Colin Andrews said "I don't want to raise hopes that we are close to a breakthrough because we aren't."

The Christine Markham case has never been closed and Humberside Police have continued to follow up any new information since her disappearance, although this has been limited.

Christine is still classed as a missing person but sadly is presumed dead

Det Supt Colin Andrews
The MIT, under the leadership of Det Supt Andrews, are conducting the cold case review as a matter of routine.

The incident is being transferred from a paper system into the H.O.L.M.E.S. computer (Home Office Major Enquiry System). The family have been made aware of the review.

Det Supt Andrews said: "Christine is still classed as a missing person but sadly is presumed dead.

"My team would like to hear from anyone who still has information about what happened to Christine, but for whatever reason have not come forward.

"It may be that someone who detectives did speak to has kept something back, or would like to add something to what they've already said.

"Either way, let us be the judge of how important the information is that they hold."

Wander off

Police say Christine walked part-way to school with two of her siblings, who then caught a bus to another school that they attended. They say that through the bus window, they saw Christine turn around and walk back in the direction in which they came.

She had been known to take the odd day off school and wander the area.

That night, police and around 60 volunteers conducted an extensive search of the area.

A number of sighting were reported to the police of Christine's whereabouts; including a relative who was on a bus and saw her on Ashby Road between the Brumby corner and Priory pub around 1030 on that Monday.

About 2,000 witness statements were recorded during the inquiry.

Former officers, now retired, who were involved in the search for Christine, have been consulted recently over their knowledge about the case.

DNA has been taken from Christine's family to help officers identify her if she should ever be found.

monkalup - November 30, 2006 12:28 AM (GMT)
Christine Markham
Missing since May 21, 1973 from Humberside, South Wales, United Kingdom.
Classification: Involuntary



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Vital Statistics

Age at Time of Disappearance: 9 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female.
DNA: Available


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Circumstances of Disappearance
Markham disappeared from her home in Robinson Road, Scunthorpe, on May 21, 1973 and has not been seen since. She left home to attend school but failed to arrive. Police searched some 5,000 homes but she was never found.
In May of 2006, detectives from the Major Investigation Team (MIT) are conducting a review into the disappearance of Christine Markham in 1973. The Christine Markham case has never been closed and Humberside Police have continued to follow up any new information since her disappearance, although this has been limited. The MIT, under the leadership of Det Supt Andrews, are conducting the cold case review as a matter of routine. The incident is being transferred from a paper system into the H.O.L.M.E.S. computer (Home Office Major Enquiry System). The family have been made aware of the review.
Police say Christine walked part-way to school with two of her siblings, who then caught a bus to another school that they attended. They say that through the bus window, they saw Christine turn around and walk back in the direction in which they came. She had been known to take the odd day off school and wander the area.
A number of sighting were reported to the police of Christine's whereabouts; including a relative who was on a bus and saw her on Ashby Road between the Brumby corner and Priory pub around 1030 on that Monday.



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Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Humberside Police
(01724)282888
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Source Information:
BBC News


monkalup - November 30, 2006 12:30 AM (GMT)

monkalup - January 15, 2008 04:58 PM (GMT)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/2038433.stm

Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Missing girl 'link' to murders


Police exhumed the remains of Mr Kappen in May

Police investigating a girl's disappearance in 1973 are looking at possible links with the Joe Kappen case, in which DNA from his exhumed body implicated him in three murders.
Humberside Police revealed on Tuesday they are re-examining the disappearance of nine-year-old Christine Markham.

It is understood Mr Kappen lived in lodgings in the Humberside area soon after Christine's disappearance in May 1973.

Last Thursday, South Wales Police confirmed DNA samples taken from the remains of Mr Kappen matched samples taken from the three 16-year-old victims.


Christine has not been seen for 29 years

Mr Kappen was originally a suspect in the South Wales murders of friends Pauline Floyd and Geraldine Hughes in September 1973 and Sandra Newton in July 1973.

Christine disappeared from her home in Robinson Road, Scunthorpe, on May 21, 1973 and has not been seen since.

During August and September 1973, Mr Kappen is thought to have lodged in the Gainsborough area and worked as a contracted lorry driver in Scunthorpe.

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: "The latest information suggesting Mr Kappen could be responsible for the deaths of three Welsh girls makes it appropriate for us to look at the time he may have spent in Scunthorpe.

"Two officers from Humberside Police are planning to visit South Wales Police in the coming weeks and information will be shared between the two forces."


Joe Kappen lodged in the Scunthorpe area in 1973

Humberside Police said without a crime scene there was no DNA evidence available and there were "differences" between the murders in Wales and the disappearance of Christine.

Mr Kappen died from cancer at the age of 49 in 1990.

Following the new evidence, South Wales Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders.

Detective Chief Superintendent Wynne Phillips said while the DNA results were conclusive, because Mr Kappen cannot stand trial police would never be able to say definitively that he committed the murders.

However, the detective said that if he had been alive, Mr Kappen would more than likely have been charged with the girls' murders in Wales.


monkalup - January 15, 2008 04:58 PM (GMT)

monkalup - January 15, 2008 04:58 PM (GMT)
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn41...12/ai_n12612677

1973 mystery reopened
Independent, The (London), Jun 12, 2002 by Alistair Keely
JOSEPH KAPPEN, who was posthumously linked by DNA evidence to three murders in 1973, is being investigated about a nine-year old girl who went missing the same year.

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South Wales Police confirmed last week that DNA samples taken from the remains of Kappen, a suspect in the murder of friends Pauline Floyd and Geraldine Hughes in September 1973 and Sandra Newton the previous July, matched samples taken from the victims, all aged 16. Humberside police are reopening the case of Christine Markham, who disappeared from her home in Scunthorpe, that May. A police spokeswoman said that without a crime scene there was no DNA evidence, and there were "differences" between the Wales murders and the disappearance of Christine.


Kappen is thought to have lodged in the area that summer and worked as a lorry driver in Scunthorpe. He died of cancer in 1990 when he was 49.

Copyright 2002 Independent Newspapers UK Limited




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