A telly sleuth believes he has cracked the 30-year mystery of missing teenager Louise Kay.
Ex-cop turned cold case investigator Mark Williams-Thomas is “certain” serial killer Peter Tobin is responsible for her disappearance.
He wants authorities in Brighton to let him dig up a garden where he believes Tobin buried Louise in 1988.
Williams-Thomas said: “I am absolutely certain and I have no doubt that Tobin is the man responsible for Louise Kay’s disappearance.
“My reasoning is twofold. Firstly, locality… we know Tobin in the ’80s was prolific and living in and around the South Coast.
“Secondly, and most importantly, it is the manner in which he abducts and kills his victims.
“He is opportunistic, the victim is there and he targets them. Why he has got away with so many murders is that he buries the bodies.
“And unless you have a location to go and start digging, and you do a very good forensic dig, you are not going to find those bodies because he puts them deep, he puts a layer of concrete on top of them, so you are not even going to find them.”
Tobin, 71, is serving life for killing Angelika Kluk, 23, Vicky Hamilton, 15, and Dinah McNicol, 18.
At the time of Louise’s disappearance he was living in Brighton but working as a hotel handyman 24 miles along the coast in Eastbourne – a mile or so from where the 18-year-old went missing.
Ahead of new crime series The Investigator this week, Williams-Thomas revealed he has found an address for Tobin that has not been searched by police.
He said: “Very sadly, the local authority, who own the premises, won’t allow us to search the address. I can’t see the logic to that.
“We said we will put the occupants up in a hotel, will return the garden to a better condition than it is, and it would be done in a week unless something is found.
“Sussex Police said they wouldn’t come to the search, which we wouldn’t expect them to, but they said ‘if you find something you must stop straight away and we we’ll come down and secure it’.
“I think the sad thing for me and for the family is we don’t know if Louise is buried in that garden.
“But what I can tell you is Tobin was living there when Louise went missing. It was never forensically searched.
“When you have a positive lead and a lead that needs to be investigated it is frustrating that we can’t close that down.
“Hopefully the pressure from the programme and the family will cause the local authority and the police to say ‘you know what, let’s rule this out’.”
The new three-part series begins by exploring the case of Louise. Her distinctive Ford Fiesta vanished too.
The programme shows how Tobin used multiple aliases, phone numbers, cars and addresses.
He was nailed after murdering Angelika Kluk in 2006 and burying her under the floorboards of a Glasgow church where he was an odd job man.
At the opposite end of Britain, in Margate, Kent, the bodies of Vicky and Dinah – victims from 1991 – were then found buried in the garden of a house where Tobin used to live.
The TV series takes a sinister turn as Williams-Thomas uncovers the cases of many other women who vanished in similar circumstances and the scale of missing women and unsolved murders across the country emerges.
“I never envisaged the investigation growing to the size it has,” he said.
“The complexities of investigating multiple victims and more than one offender has proven to be a significant challenge. But it’s one I feel we have met and been able to give some answers to the families.”
Former Det Supt David Swindle, who led a review into Tobin in 2006, also thinks there are more bodies.
He tells the programme: “I think Tobin has killed many others and their bodies will be buried somewhere.”
Louise’s sister, Nicola Stork, 52, tells Williams-Thomas: “I have such strong feelings that Peter Tobin is connected to Louise’s disappearance. I just want to know where she is.
“If there are remains found then we can bury her and she has the respect she deserves.”
The Investigator: A British Crime Story airs on ITV at 9pm on Thursday.
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