A joint statement from Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher's lawyers and the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales has been released.
Steve Fulcher wishes to express his thanks to those who have supported him throughout this very sad case. At all times Steve Fulcher has been motivated by a desire to serve the public and do the best that he can for the victims, their families and for Wiltshire Police.
He is grateful for the support he has received from many people and in particular, humbled by the support he has received from Becky’s mother, Karen Edwards, and Sian’s partner Kevin Reape, when they have suffered such tragic loss.
– Lewis Hymanson Small LLP Solicitors & Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales
The mother of Becky Godden-Edwards has appealed for help in getting justice for her death.
It has emerged that a police blunder meant a charge relating to Becky, against taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, had to be withdrawn.
Karen Edwards said; "after a very complicated and painful journey over the last eighteen months, Sian's family have today had the justice for the murder of their beautiful daughter. However our families' fight for justice for Becky has only just begun.
"I would like the full support of you all to help me get justice for my daughter Becky."
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to independently investigate breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act in the investigation into the deaths of Rebecca Godden and Sian O'Callaghan:
Wiltshire Police have expressed their sympathy for the family of Sian O'Callaghan and praised their, "great dignity throughout the court process."
In a statement the police said:
"This was a complex and fast moving investigation and from the outset the priority of the Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher was always to try and find Sian alive but unfortunately this was not possible.
"This was a violent and brutal murder of a young woman in the prime of her life. It is likely that Sian suffered horrifically from the point that she was abducted.
"Halliwell, in committing this crime, betrayed his position of trust as a taxi driver as he preyed on a lone vulnerable female.
"Today’s hearing was about bringing justice for Sian’s family. They have continued to display great courage and dignity and we hope this will provide them with some comfort at this most difficult time."
Wiltshire Police said Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher had been suspended pending an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into allegations of "inappropriate contact with the media".
Christopher Halliwell, who has admitted murdering nightclubber Sian O'Callaghan, has escaped justice over a second murder because of a police blunder, it can be reported today for the first time.
The second charge, involving Becky Godden-Edwards, was withdrawn after a High Court judge ruled that Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher breached Halliwell's rights by failing to caution him and denying him a solicitor in an attempt to force information out of him.