Fresh appeal in missing landlady case

Police continue their inquiries in the search for missing landlady, Deborah Steel, who disappeared in 1997.

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Major crime unit looks at woman's disappearance 17 years ago

Detectives from a major crime unit have re-opened an investigation into the disappearance of a Cambridgeshire woman 17 years ago.

Pub landlady Deborah Steel from Ely was last seen in 1997, now after re-opening the case, police have made an arrest.

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Missing landlady: Police arrest man on suspicion of 1997 murder

Police have arrested a man in Ely on suspicion of the murder of a woman who disappeared in 1997.

Deborah Steel Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The arrest follows the re-opening of the case concerning Deborah Steel, former landlady of the Royal Standard Public House, who disappeared on December 28, 1997.

Ms Steel, who was 37 at the time, was last seen at around 1 in the morning.

"I am convinced the answer to Deborah Steel's disappearance lies in Ely and that there are people in the city who can provide key information. I am appealing to anyone who may be able provide fresh information on this case to contact us. All information will be treated in confidence, and can be left anonymously."

– DCI Martin Brunning

A 70 year-old man is currently in custody at Parkside Police Station.

Police are also searching a home at Longfields, Ely.

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