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Police reopen murder hunt of pregnant mum—30 years later

PUBLISHED: 17:41 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

Murdered Lynda... her mum still seeks answers 30 years ago

Murdered Lynda... her mum still seeks answers 30 years ago

DETECTIVES have reopened the unsolved murder in East London of pregnant mum Lynda Farrow—after 30 years. A fresh appeal for information has been started with a £20,000 reward to help solve the killing of mother-of-two Lynda, a former West End casino croupier expecting her third child. Lynda, 29, was four months pregnant when she was stabbed in the throat in her own home in Woodford on January 19, 1979.

By Mike Brooke

DETECTIVES have reopened the unsolved murder in East London of pregnant mum Lynda Farrow—after 30 years.

A fresh appeal for information has been started with a £20,000 reward to help solve the killing of mother-of-two Lynda, a former West End casino croupier expecting her third child.

Lynda was four months pregnant when she was stabbed in the throat in her own home in Woodford on January 19, 1979, at the age of 29.

She had been visited her mother in Shoreditch where she was brought up, after buying shoes from a store a mile away in Dalston.

Lynda then drove home to Woodford at 2.30pm that afternoon and was discovered 90 minutes later.

“It’s been 30 years since my daughter was murdered,” said Lynda’s distraught mother, Gladys Hayes, now 83.

“But there’s not a day or a night goes by I don’t think of her.

“I only wish I’d been there, but I wasn’t there to help her when she needed me. That awful thought has haunted me since the day it happened.

“My greatest wish is that I find out what happened before I pass away.”

Lynda’s eight-year-old daughter arrived home early from school because of the snow that day.

There was no answer at the door of the house in Whitehall Road. The child looked through the letterbox and saw her mum’s body in the hallway.

A post mortem at Walthamstow in January, 1979, gave cause of death as knife wounds to the throat. A knife was found on her kitchen floor.

No one has ever been charged with her murder and the case has always remained open.

Police are hoping the 30th anniversary and a reconstruction tonight on BBC TV might jog memories or uncover belated information.

Det Ins Rebecca Hamilton said: “Her mother and two daughters still need answers to who killed her and why, despite the years passing.”

The motive remains a mystery. There was no sign of forced entry. Lynda’s attacker may have followed her or forced his way into the house as she arrived home. Outside the house were footprints in the snow from heavy boots.

Detectives are urging anyone with information on this 30th anniversary of her killing to call the incident room on 020-7321 7228, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111. The case is featured in BBC1’s Crimewatch at 9pm tonight (Tuesday).


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