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Sep 22, 2018 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

On Wednesday 14 May 1980 Jessie Earl, a 22-year-old student at Eastbourne College of Art and Design, walked into a telephone box on the seafront to call her parents at their home in south London. Jessie had that week received good results in a college assessment, and was looking forward to the visit of a penfriend from Australia. She told her mother she would be home on Friday.

On Friday night there was no sign of Jessie. `We thought she must have missed the last train,' her mother Valerie...