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Byline: By Kevan Christie

CHILD KILLER Robert Black will not be charged with the murder of 13-year-old Genette Tate, who vanished 30 years ago today.

Prosecutors say there is insufficient evidence to take the prime suspect to court.

The decision is a heartbreaking blow to Genette's dad John Tate, 66, who is dying of prostate cancer.

He said: "It is a bombshell. Only last year, we were told a prosecution may be looming.

"Genette's mother Sheila thinks someone will be brought to trial but I haven't got the faintest inkling.

"We have had our hopes dashed so many times in the past but this is a new low.

"We have been very patient waiting for 30 years to try to get some justice - now we have no idea what the future holds.

"It seems to me now that we will never find out what happened to Genette."

Scotsman Black is serving 10 life sentences in Wakefield Prison, Yorkshire, for the murders of Susan Maxwell, 11, Caroline Hogg, five, and 10-year-old Sarah Harper in the 1980s.

Now 61, he is facing prosecution by Northern Ireland police in connection with the abduction and murder of nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy in 1981.

Genette vanished from her home village - Alyesbeare, near Exeter, Devon - while delivering newspapers on August 19, 1978. Her body has still not been found.

Police traced delivery driver Black's movements that day through petrol receipts.

A witness also claimed to have seen him outside Exeter airport, a short distance from Alyesbeare.

Devon and Cornwall detectives went to see Black in jail in 1996 but he denied any involvement in Genette's murder.

John wrote to Black requesting a meeting in an effort to get to the truth.

Speaking from his home in the Manchester area, wheelchair-bound John said he is desperate to be able to bury Genette before he dies.

He added: "I would be heartbroken to die without ever knowing where my Ginny was.

"I had always hoped to see someone go on trial but, realistically, I won't live to see that now.

"However, I do have the strength to bury my daughter - and I just want the chance to be able to do that. I want to know where she is now so that we could give her a decent Christian burial."

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: "There is insufficient evidence to justify the institution of criminal proceedings."

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said: "Following a submission of a file to the CPS, we have been informed that there is insufficient evidence to justify the institution of criminal proceedings against the individual arrested by the force in connection with the disappearance of Genette Tate.

"We ask anyone with further information concerning this unsolved crime contact the force. The investigation remains open."

The case has become Britain's biggest missing person inquiry.

The police file is so large it is kept in a 12ft by 10ft documents cage at police HQ in Exeter.

Investigators have followed up more than 11,000 leads.

In the first few days after Genette vanished, 7000 volunteers searched thousands of acres of land.

Specially trained sniffer dogs were flown in from Israel and a vicar set up a confession hotline.

A pounds 23,000 reward fund was set up by villagers and business people but the money was never claimed.

'We've had our hopes dashed so many times but this is a new low'


PRIME SUSPECT: Black was in the frame over missing Genette. Above, dad John
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Date:Aug 19, 2008
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