Libby Squire’s heartbroken family still can’t bury her after two months as police continue hunt for clues


LIBBY Squire’s devastated family still can’t bury her after two months as police are still hunting for clues over her death.

The student, 21, disappeared in January 2019 after a night out with friends and her body was pulled from the Humber Estuary seven weeks later.

Libby Squire, 21, went missing after a night out in Hull on January 31
Libby with her mum Lisa
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Yule Police have now revealed they have carried out further tests on Libby’s body as they continue in the search for evidence.

Speaking on the four-month anniversary of Libby’s disappearance, leading investigator in the case, DS Martin Smalley, confirmed they are still not able to release her back to her family as her body remains a vital clue.

DS Smalley said: “Libby’s death remains, and is being investigated, as a homicide, with numerous enquiries, analysis and examinations continuing to take place as part of the investigation with assistance from search specialists as well as experts in forensics and oceanography to aid its progression.”


He called the case “complex” and said police were going over “every aspect and detail” meticulously.

DS Smalley continued: “”My sincerest thanks go out to Libby’s parents for their patience and understanding in such devastating and heartbreaking circumstances, as while we endeavour to return Libby to them as soon as we can, they remain fully supportive of the investigation and our determination to provide the answers they desperately need.

“The integrity of the investigation remains paramount.

“Due to operational reasons, the results of the post-mortem examination were not released at the time it was concluded.


“As further tests have since been undertaken with results pending, details are as yet, unable to be released.

“When we are in a position to provide further information we will look to do so, however I want to offer my assurance that there is an unprecedented amount of work taking place behind the scenes, away from public view, and that the investigation is ongoing with Libby still very much at the forefront of our minds.

“I have said this before, the fact still remains that Libby captured the hearts of not just the people in Hull, but across the country.

“I know I speak for everyone when I say we all wanted her to be found safe and well and returned home to her loving family.

We will do all we can to get justice for Libby

DS Martin Smalley

“It is with great sadness this wasn’t the case, but I want to clearly and firmly state, the investigation is still very much active and we will do all we can to get justice for Libby and for her family who we continue to fully support.”

Philosophy student Miss Squire had been missing since the early hours of Friday February 1 when her body was found in the Humber, off Grimsby, on March 20.

Police have said she was dropped off in a taxi near her home on Wellesley Avenue at 11.29pm, and was seen on a bench near Beverley Road around 10 minutes later.

She is believed to have remained in this area until around 12.09am the following day, February 1, but was not seen alive after that.

After her death was confirmed, a wave of tributes poured in for Miss Squire, originally from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, with a bench on Beverley Road becoming a focus for people to lay flowers at the spot just a few hundreds metres from her student home.

During the investigation into the disappearance, 24-year-old Pawel Relowicz, of Raglan Street, Hull, was arrested on suspicion of abduction.

He has been remanded in custody charged with unrelated offences.

The chilling timeline of Libby’s disappearance

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Libby’s body was recovered seven weeks after she went missing[/caption]

Libby’s parents previously made an emotional appeal for information about their daughter’s whereabouts
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