Police to dig for remains of missing 19-year-old after serial killer confesses to her murder
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Police are preparing to dig for the remains of missing woman Elizabeth Chau following an alleged ‘confession’ by convicted serial killer Levi Bellfield.
Bellfield, 54, who is serving a whole life sentence, spoke to officers at HMP Frankland in Durham and is reported to have given cops a location in West London where he claims to have hidden the body of Chau.
Chau, a computer studies student at Thames Valley University, was just 19 when she vanished 24-years ago. She was last seen around one mile away from her home in West London back in 1999.
The Met said in a statement to LBC: "On Tuesday 9 May 2023, a 54-year-old male was interviewed under caution. Inquiries continue.
"We can confirm we remain in contact with Elizabeth Chau’s family.
"At this time we will not be providing an ongoing commentary. We have no comment to make.”
Bellfield allegedly first claimed to be responsible for the woman's murder to a prison visitor last year.
A source told the Sun: "Bellfield was interviewed under caution in the presence of a solicitor.
“He co-operated with police and repeated his confession that he abducted and killed her.
“He has also given detectives the location of where he says Elizabeth’s body is buried, which is close to a sports ground in West London.
“Detectives are now analysing whether they should carry out a search for the body and if they have enough to charge him.
“They have taken it very seriously and appeared to believe what he was telling them.
“The case is unsolved and Elizabeth disappeared in an area close to where Bellfield carried out other known attacks.
“It clearly fits his profile, which is why they are taking it seriously.”
Bellfield's solicitor Theresa Clark said: "He tells me he feels it's important that her family have some closure.
“He wants to see justice done because they have had to live this for so long and that's unfair. He gains nothing from it, there is no positive publicity for him."
Last month, Elizabeth’s sister, Bic-Hang, said: “After 24 years, you want to hang on to hope and get answers where your sister is.”
And her brother, Minh-Vu, stated: “We were very cautious. Bic recognised some of the material [in Bellfield’s alleged confession] that was not in the public domain.”
Bellfield is serving a whole sentence for the murders of Marsha McDonnell, 19, 22-year-old Amélie Delagrange and schoolgirl Millie Dowler, 13; as well as the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy.