Police renew 20 year appeal

Amanda Duncan, who went missing 20 years ago today Photo: Suffolk Police

Police in Suffolk are renewing an appeal to help trace a woman who went missing twenty years ago today.

Amanda Duncan, who was 26, was last seen in Ipswich on the 2nd of July 1993. She was working as a prostitute in the Portman Road area of the town.

She left her older son Jamie, 3, with her parents at about midday and her younger son Damien, nine months, with a babysitter.

She then headed for the Portman Road area of Ipswich.

On the night Amanda went missing, before she started work, she visited an address in London Road, Ipswich at around 11.10pm.

Amanda had been involved in the misuse of drugs and it was understood she visited the house with the intention of buying drugs.

She agreed to return to the house after finishing her work. Amanda was taken to Portman Road by car and dropped off at 11.30pm. She never went back to the house.

Amanda was seen speaking to the driver of a dark coloured Ford Sierra, possibly green or blue, at about 12 midnight in Portman’s Walk. This vehicle and the driver have never been traced.

Appeals were also issued to trace a second vehicle, a red Ford Orion which was seen in Portman’s Walk at 11.50pm.

This car too and driver have never been traced despite many repeated police appeals.

We regularly review unsolved cases and in the case of Amanda’s disappearance it felt appropriate to publicise this around the 20 year anniversary.

There maybe people out there who for whatever reason felt reluctant to come forward with information 20 years ago. They may have been a client of Amanda’s who had seen her on Friday 2 July but for personal reasons didn’t feel comfortable contacting us.

We outlined at the time that any information we received would be treated in the upmost confidence and that still stands.

The thoughts and feelings of the families involved are always at the forefront of our minds and in this case it must be particularly distressing for Amanda’s family that they have never found out what happened to her.

We have contacted the family and they are fully supportive of the work we are doing and are helping us where they can.

Over the years there has been much speculation about what has happened to Amanda and we hope by carrying out this review we will be able to find out the facts

– Detective Chief Insp Tracey Little