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Operation Broome Appeal for Information

Murder investigation re Annette Smith

Details of Incident

A man has been charged with the murder of Annette Smith following the discovery of human remains in Letchworth yesterday (Tuesday).

Officers investigating the disappearance of the 74-year-old from Fairfield, Stotfold, discovered the remains at a storage unit in Letchworth.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, however Annette’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Scott Paterson, 44, of no fixed address, was arrested on Tuesday (30 April) by officers in connection with the investigation into Annette’s disappearance and was today (Wednesday) charged with her murder.

He has been remanded in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Katie Dounias, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “This is clearly a distressing time for Annette’s friends, family and all those from the tight close-knit community she was from. Our thoughts are with them at this time and we have specialist officers supporting her loved ones

“We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries in relation to this complex investigation and we would urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to Police please contact the BCH Major Crime Unit on 101 asking for Bedfordshire quoting Operation Broome or alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111