A child murderer who hid a 16-year old’s body in a freezer is being re-investigated over the mysterious death of a teenager.
John Taylor, 62, is serving a life sentence life for the murder of Leanne Tiernan, 16, whose body was found in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, in 2000 – plus a series of sex attacks.
Now former detective Chris Clark thinks that Taylor may also have killed Donna Healey, 18, who like Leanne was found in the same town.
John Taylor, 62, is serving a life sentence life for the murder of Leanne Tiernan, 16, whose body was found in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, in 2000. Now a former detective thinks that Taylor may also have killed Donna Healey, 18, who like Leanne was found in the same town. Donna is pictured
Taylor (pictured) kept Leanne’s body in a freezer in Leeds for 19 months before before dumping it when the freezer broke down
Taylor kept Leanne’s body in a freezer in Leeds for 19 months before dumping it when the freezer broke down.
Donna’s body had been stored in an airtight container, just like Leanne’s.
Police have reopened the investigation into Donna’s death.
They are also re-investigating the deaths of Lindsay Rimer, 13, Yvonne Fitt, 33, and Deborah Wood, 20.
Mr Clark believes the focus of the investigations should be on Taylor.
He also thinks that they should investigate whether he is responsible for the murder of Ann Ballantyne, 20, who was discovered in an Edinburgh canal in 1987.
Speaking to the Mirror, he said: ‘How many men in West Yorkshire were murdering victims and putting them in cold storage? ‘It’s a bit like Peter Sutcliffe going round bashing women with a hammer.’
The re-investigation into the women’s deaths is being supported by their families, who are ‘desperate for their heartbreak to end’.
Donna’s mother, 72, was informed about the investigation by detectives last week.
The woman, from Bradford, who did not want to be named, said: ‘Somebody out there must know something, I hope we get some answers this time. I don’t want to die not knowing what happened to her.’
Donna was reported missing by her parents in March 1988.
Her body was later found in the grounds of a nursing home in 1991 that was undergoing a renovation.
At the time police were not able to identify her due to the condition of the body
But they were finally able to identify it in 2004 due to advances in DNA technology.
Storing the body in a container meant Donna’s body was partially preserved in a ‘mummified’ state.
Police believe that the body was moved by someone who had a a link to the area who had a change in circumstances.
At the time of Donna’s death Taylor lived five miles away.
Detective Superintendent Jim Griffiths of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team said:’We are carrying out a new review into her death. ‘This review is in its infancy and is looking at a number of potential lines of enquiry.’
He was asked about Taylor and responded by saying police would ‘not name any individual who was or was not part of these initial enquiries’ but ‘again urges anyone with information to come forward.’
Leanne Tierman, 16, was last seen when she got off a bus with a friend after shopping in Leeds
West Yorkshire Police carried out probes on Donna’s death in 2003 and 2013 but it has remained ‘unexplained’.
There are four other murders that are linked to Leanne’s death.
One is of Lindsay Rimmer who lived near Taylor’s Bramley home.
Lindsay vanished after leaving her home in 1994 and was strangled.
She kept in a freezer nine months, then dumped in Lindley Woods.
Yvonne Fitt,33, had been buried in a shallow grave in the same woods – just yards from where Leanne’s body was found.
Yvonne lived six miles from Taylor in Leeds and was found eight months after she was stabbed in 1992.
Lindsay Rimer, 13, vanished after leaving her Hebden Bridge home to buy cornflakes in 1994.
Deborah Wood, 20, was found on fire at a Leeds railway station in 1995 after her body was kept in cold storage for 10 days.