The Doe Network:
Case File 1195DFUK


Helen McCourt
Missing since February 9, 1988 from Merseyside, United Kingdom.
Classification: Involuntary

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
McCourt was last seen on her way home from work, when a bus dropped her in Billinge, 500 yards from her home on February 9, 1988

The police had a suspect, Ian Simms, within 48 hours of Miss McCourt's disappearance.
His pub was just yards from her home and her earring had been found in the boot of his mud-covered car. Many of her items were found in Simm's house and car, including bits of her hair and her blood.

Simms was found guilty of Helen McCourt's murder in February 1989 and sentenced to life. Although her body was never recovered, the use of her parent's blood was used in identifying the blood in Simm's house as Helen's. This was the first time that DNA evidence was used to convict a murderer in a case where the victim was not found.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

National Missing Persons Helpline
+44 (0) 20 8392 4545

Source Information:
BBC News
Liverpool News
Gone Too Soon
Wigan Today

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