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An ex-boyfriend, 50, has been charged with the murder of Burnley mother-of-two Katie Kenyon, who has not been seen for six days.
Katie, 33, who neighbors say is a social worker, disappeared after getting into a silver transit van Friday morning. She was last seen around 9.30am when she is believed to have been in the van which left Burnley for the Bolton by Bowland area. She has not been seen since.
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His ex-boyfriend Andrew Burfield, 50, from Burnley, is due to appear at 10am tomorrow. m. at Blackburn Magistrates Court accused of his mother.
Police say Katie’s family have been informed and continue to be supported by specially trained officers. They convey their thanks for all the well-wishes, but have asked people to respect their privacy at this time.
This is the sixth day that Katie Kenyon has gone missing after she went missing on Friday morning in Burnley and police are still searching.
A policeman with a sniffer dog in Gisburn Forest, where police began their search for Katie Kenyon entering her sixth day.
The 50-year-old suspect apparently refused to answer police questions about where the 33-year-old mother is currently.“While we have arrested someone in connection with our investigation, I am keeping an open mind about what happened and have a team of officers and staff working hard to try to find Katie and return her to her family.
A team of 60 specialized search officers from four police forces and sniffer dogs are scouring a beautiful site some 23 miles from her hometown in search of her body.
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Lancashire Police said last night that the missing person investigation was now a homicide investigation. The search has been tentatively scheduled to continue through at least this Friday.
Police said Ms Kenyon’s family have been informed of the latest developments and continue to be supported by specially trained officers.
Dozens of officers were seen yesterday touring the 3,000-acre Gisburn Forest in the Ribble Valley, some 23 miles from Todmorden Road, in Ms Kenyon’s home town of Burnley, where she was last seen parking her white Ford Fiesta at 9:15 a.m. Friday, before getting into a silver van with an unknown man about 15 minutes later.
Her family revealed that she left her belongings inside her vehicle, and her sister posted on Facebook that “nothing adds up” about her disappearance on Saturday.
Katie Kenyon Family
Ms Kenyon’s sister, Sarah, wrote: ‘Can I and my family ask people to STOP saying rest in peace? They haven’t found a body! He has not been charged with murder! He’s been arrested on suspicion of murder!
Police say the van traveled to the village of Bolton-by-Bowland, 17 miles north of Burnley, and just seven miles south of the beautiful spot where they are now searching.
Detective Superintendent Gary Brooks, chief of major crimes at Lancashire Police, said on Tuesday: “While I have a small hope that Katie may still be found alive, I am sorry to say that Katie has been missing for over four days.” . Despite extensive police investigations and media appeals, we have neither found Katie nor seen Katie.
“We have spoken with Katie’s family today and they are understandably extremely upset about this latest development and I have officers who continue to offer them support. My thoughts are with them at this time.
I am truly appreciative of all the help that members of the public have given us so far and would continue to encourage anyone with information, no matter how small, to come forward and speak with us. While we have someone arrested, our investigations are ongoing.
Gisburn Forest and I am grateful to colleagues in Merseyside and North Wales
‘We are continuing to search a number of different locations in relation to this investigation, including in Gisburn Forest and I am grateful to colleagues in Merseyside and North Wales, and other emergency services partners who are providing assistance in these complexes and on a large scale. searches.
I am aware that many members of the public have offered to assist us in these searches, and while I am grateful for that, I would discourage anyone from doing so. The area we’re looking for is very large and remote, with no phone signal. Police crews are trained professionals who are used to doing this kind of work and would hate for someone to get lost or hurt trying to help. Please leave it to us.
Forces have been recruited from across the Northwest to help search the vast forest.
Search and rescue dogs darted through the trees as areas remained closed to walkers and mountain bikers.
Fire and rescue are also helping with the search, which is expected to last through at least Friday.
Police on horseback patrolled the many trails that wind through the forest. Merseyside and North Wales Police officers are also assisting in the search.
Detectives released an image of the silver Ford Transit on Monday and are now testing the vehicle after it was driven back to the scene on Friday.
Neighbors have revealed that the 33-year-old mother had her beloved Ford Fiesta vandalized.
Detective Chief Inspector Al Davies, from Lancashire Police’s main investigation team, said: “Katie’s disappearance is out of character and her family are understandably very concerned.”
“We are doing everything we can to try to find her and I would urge anyone who has any information, however insignificant she thinks it is, to come forward and contact us.”
“I would especially like to hear from anyone who has been in or around Bolton by Bowland and saw something suspicious to get in touch with.
Did you see a woman matching Katie’s description, alone or with a man? Did you see the silver transit van or might you have dash cam footage showing it?
“You could help with that, so please come and talk to us, as your information could be crucial.”
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- Mother-of-two Katie has not been seen now for six days after she vanished in Burnley on Friday morning
- A woman matching her description was seen on CCTV getting into a Transit van at 9.30am that day
- Her ex-boyfriend Andrew Burfield, 50, from Burnley, has now been charged with the mother’s murder