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JO: MORE THAN ONE KILLER? Police issue fresh appeal.

POLICE investigating the murder of Joanna Yeates have found no evidence she was sexually assaulted as they suggested more than one person may be responsible. Detectives are appealing for help in tracing a 4x4 vehicle seen near the spot where her snow-covered body was discovered on Christmas Day. But they also revealed they still do not know when and where the 25-year-old landscape architect died. Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones of Avon and Somerset Police said: ''At this stage there is no evidence to suggest that Joanna was sexually assaulted. ''However, I have not ruled out that there might have been a sexual motive.'' Appealing for help in finding the 4x4, he said: ''I urge anyone in that car or any other driver in the vicinity that night to come forward.'' Speaking during a press conference, Mr Jones revealed that there were still significant gaps regarding Miss Yeates's final hours. The detective also raised the possibility of there being more than one person responsible. He said: ''I can assure you, we are determined to solve this crime, and bring Jo's killers to justice.'' When asked about this comment later, he said: ''I think that phrase emphasises that I am not making any assumptions in this case.''

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PROBE: DCI Phil Jones, left, and Jo Yeates, right
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2011
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