FRED CAN BE FOUND AS THE WEST VICTOR POLICE AFTER 53 YEARS
Mary Bastholm Missing
Police find ‘possible body evidence’ at Fred West cafe where missing girl works
Mary Bastholm was 15 when she disappeared after a shift at the nearby Pop In cafe, now Clean Plate, when she was on the bus to visit her boyfriend in Gloucester in January 1968.
Searching for a cafe linked to a potential victim of Fred West, detectives said that a dark blue material was found that matched a coat he wore at the cafe.
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Police said Mary Bastholm had searched Clean Plate in Gloucester, where a production company worked after filming a documentary, “finding possible evidence that a body could be buried on the property.”
They also found “a picture that looks like blue material buried in an area of the basement”.
Mary was wearing a blue jacket when she disappeared in the 60s.
Forensic archaeologists have confirmed today that there are a number of structural abnormalities in the cellar that warrant further investigation.
Following an investigation, the Gloucestershire Constabulary approved the excavation work to be set up from Wednesday at the earliest to see if there were any human remains.
Detective Chief Inspector John Turner said: “The analysis from our experts and the material provided by the manufacturing company mean there is enough evidence to justify the start of the excavation work.
“I have spoken to the family and was impressed by their quiet dignity and gratitude for all the work we did and will do.” They understand that we cannot find human remains, but they also know that we will do everything in our power to determine if Mary is buried in this place.
“This will be a slow and painstaking job, but we have the best people in this regard, and I can make sure that everyone involved in our community, from my investigative team, from the scene of criminal officers, searchers and family liaison officers to forensic archaeologists.
“Meanwhile, we continue to ask for patience and understanding from all those affected by our continued presence in the cafe, and I thank everyone who has helped us in the past ten days.”
Investigators allegedly found bone evidence in the area last night, but the police stressed that this was not true last night.
Mary’s family also issued a statement: “Senior Research Fellow John Turner sat with us and announced the ongoing investigation and his intention to dig in the cafe to find Mary.
“We are delighted that the Gloucestershire Constabulary continues to search for Mary, and this gives us a chance to potentially leave her to rest after all these years.
“We would like to thank everyone who wanted to support us in this troubled period and we continue to stay in close contact with the investigation team and keep up with new developments.
“We hope this is a chance for Mary to finally turn off, and we want to continue to demand privacy while excavation continues.”
Mary was 15 when she was on the bus to visit her boyfriend Tim Merrett in Gloucester in January 1968, when she disappeared after a shift at the nearby Pop In cafe, now Clean Plate.
Although there has been a lot of speculation over the years that he might be one of the West’s many victims, his disappearance has remained a mystery ever since.
he was a known customer of the cafe.
The Mirror revealed last week that his evil wife Rose West was spotted as a teenager at the downtown Gloucester cafe.
The two have always denied all the knowledge of Mary, whose body has never been found.
A business owner near the cafe said: “Terrible – excavations have been said to continue for weeks. You can hear the drilling.
“Everyone in the world is focused on this little corner of Gloucester.”
Until now, forensic archaeologists have poured it over the scene and raised a fireplace to aid their work.
They are using geophysical research equipment as part of their exploration work to see if a full excavation in the cellar is necessary.
They allegedly focused on an area at the edge of the basement that Fred allegedly converted into a toilet.
Gloucestershire police have so far defended their decision not to dig the cafe in 2012 because there was “insufficient evidence” that the teenager was buried there. Family liaison officers provide support and updates for Mary’s surviving family.
Fred West was charged with 12 murders, but took his own life in a Birmingham prison before his trial.
Rose West was convicted of 10 murders in November 1995 and serves a lifetime