Husband charged with murdering pregnant wife 20-years after she disappeared


A man whose pregnant wife disappeared 20-years ago has been charged with her murder, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

Mother of three, Debbie Griggs, 34, was reported missing by her husband Andrew on  5 May 1999.

He told police she had left their home in the village of Walmer in Kent at around 10am that morning but had failed to return.

Her white Peugeot 309 car was found a week later abandoned in nearby Deal.

Despite widespread appeals and searches, no sign of Mrs Griggs was ever found and police said her bank account and credit cards had never been touched.

In March 2007 the Griggs’ marriage was dissolved by a decree of presumption of death and a memorial service was held.

Speaking at the time, the police officer in charge of the investigation, Det Ch Insp Dean Barnes said: “Kent police do not close investigations such as this and will continue to examine any new information that is provided.”

Mr Griggs later moved to Dorset with his three sons in order to start a new life.


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