Sally Ann John's mother, Lesley, says she is hopeful about the new arrests in her daughter's murder investigation.
The police have been keeping me informed of progress with the investigation into Sally Ann’s disappearance and the arrests yesterday give me hope.
I feel it is important that the police are able to continue to investigate without speculation from anyone and I hope that the community will support me in this.
Every day is difficult without Sally Ann and I appreciate the understanding I have been shown by the public and the media.
The three men arrested yesterday in connection with the death of the 23-year-old remain in police custody at Swindon Gablecross Police Station.
Three men are being held on suspicion of the murder of a Swindon woman 20 years ago.
Sally Ann John went missing in 1995 and police opened a murder investigation last year in the light of new evidence. This week they recovered items of interest from her former home.
The arrests were made in Swindon and Chippenham yesterday.
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and murder following new investigations into the death of Sally Ann John.
A 50-year-old and two 52-year-olds were arrested this morning and taken into custody where they remain.
The move follows extensive forensic investigations into the last known address of the 23-year-old, who went missing in Swindon 20 years ago.
Police have spent three days investigating the flat, and say they have made important discoveries. No details have been released about what exactly these items are.
We can confirm that this morning, Thursday 17th September 2015, three men have been arrested in connection with the death of Sally Ann John.
Two men aged 50 and 52 years from Swindon, and a 52 year old from Chippenham have all been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and murder.
They were all taken into custody at Gablecross Police Station in Swindon where they currently remain.
The police say they've made important discoveries while searching the last known address of Sally Ann John, who went missing in Swindon 20 years ago.
They've spent three days investigating the flat, and now that this has finished, are looking to further examine several items found. No details have been released about what exactly these items are.
Sally Ann was 23 when she went missing after a night out in the town in September 1995. Last year the inquiry into her disappearance was reclassified as a murder investigation.
"This may have been a 'cold case' but forensic technology and investigative policing has moved on dramatically and I will ensure that we use every possible tool available to us to identify those responsible for Sally Ann's death. The search at this location may have ended but we are following a number of new lines of enquiry and I am positive that we are now closer to discovering the truth."
Richard Payne has been following the updates of the search of a home in Swindon today.
Police have said they are hopeful of a significant development on the case in the coming days.
Police have renewed their appeal for anyone with information on the suspected murder of Sally Ann John to come forward.
Sally Ann went missing in Swindon 20 years ago, at the age of 23. She had been working as a prostitute at the time. Last year the inquiry into her disappearance was reclassified as a murder investigation.
Forensic teams are searching her last known address in Nythe this week, and police are putting up appeal posters in the area.
Wiltshire Police DCI Jeremy Carter says information from the public could be "crucial in helping us achieve justice for Sally Ann, and her family".
Police investigating the suspected murder of Sally Ann John, a young woman who went missing in 1995, are searching a flat in Swindon today.Read the full story ›
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