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Police renew appeal for information on woman last seen 36 years ago

Posted on 1st September 2014

Police investigating the disappearance of a woman who was last seen in 1978 have renewed an appeal for information.

The missing woman gave her name as Susan Banner after attended a women’s refuge in Derbyshire in December 1977.

She told staff that she had left an abusive relationship with a man from Wolverhampton, and had been living in the Manor Road area of Derby before heading to the refuge.

On the afternoon of January 5, 1978, she left the refuge to view a flat but never turned up for that viewing, and did not return to the refuge.

She has not been seen since that day.

Susan, who was of Irish origin, gave a date of birth of December 25, 1939, which would have made her 39 at the time of her disappearance, and 74 today. However, detectives investigating her disappearance believe she may have given a false name and date of birth.

She was white, about 5ft 4in, of thin build and a pale complexion. She had light, greying hair. When she was last seen, Susan was wearing a khaki green shirt, brown and white jumper and a green belted raincoat, with a brown and cream zipped shopping bag.

Despite extensive police inquiries since her disappearance, Susan’s whereabouts and true identity have not been discovered.

Police are now appealing for information from anyone who lived in Derby in 1977/78 and knew of an Irish woman fitting the description, who may have been using the name Susan Banner.

Anyone who can help the investigation should call Sergeant John Troup on 101.

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