Who is Bernadette Walker? Parents of 17-year-old girl who was missing since July charged with her murder
Police launched a 'no body' murder investigation after long and extensive searches did not lead to the teenager on Friday, September 11
The parents of a missing teenaged girl, Bernadette Walker, have been charged with her murder. Sarah Walker, 37, and Scott Walker, 50, who hail from Millfield, Peterborough, were charged with the murder of their daughter, Bernadette, 17. According to the Cambridgeshire Police, Bernadette had been reported missing from Peterborough on July 21 by her parents who said that she had not been seen for three days.
Bernadette's body has still not been located or found. It has been reported that the Cambridgeshire Police launched a "no body" murder investigation after long and extensive searches did not lead to the teenager on Friday, September 11. The authorities were seen searching the teenager's home last week, Daily Mail reports. The teenager's parents spoke to the authorities and said that she had last been seen on July 18 when she had run out of their car. Sarah shared that Bernadette had messaged her around two days later at 1 am on July 20 and revealed that she would be coming back home "soon".
However, the following day, when there was no sign of her, Bernadette's parents reported her missing to the police. As per a BBC report, Det Supt Jon Hutchinson said, "Whilst my team have made significant progress with this investigation in the last few days, we are yet to find Bernadette, therefore my plea is for anyone who has information on what has happened to her, or where she might be, to get in touch as a matter of urgency."
Sarah, who is a mother of nine, had been distributing posters and fliers all over the neighborhood in order to appeal for any information about her daughter. Back in August, she spoke to PeterboroughMatters.com and said, "I can't eat or sleep properly. I miss and love my eldest princess so much, she's missing out on her baby sister, who has learned to smile and coo already." Police officers were seen standing guard outside of the family's five-bedroom council home in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Many specialist officers had been going in and out with a police dog handler. A neighbor who chose to remain anonymous said, "They are really lovely and always smiling."
"They are a good family and had just had a baby girl. There were a lot of children - but they seemed to cope fine. They were always looking out for their children. I spoke to them after Bernadette went missing to wish them all the best and they were really gutted about it." "I messaged her when the news came out about a suspect man being arrested and she said she had just come back from giving a statement to police. I just told her that I hoped everything goes well," the neighbor added.
DCI Jerry Waite revealed, "Due to the length of time Bernadette has been missing and concerns she may have come to some harm, we made the decision to declare this a murder investigation yesterday morning. Whilst we hope we do find Bernadette alive and well, there is every possibility this may not be the case therefore my team and I will do everything possible to find out what has happened to her and bring any offenders to justice."