31/05/2005

Tracker dogs used in hunt for Abigail’s attacker

A team of police tracker dogs are being used to search the area where Abigail Witchalls was stabbed last month.

The team of four dogs, brought in from Dyfed Powys and Yorkshire police forces, are searching the area in Little Bookham, Surrey, where Abigail was attacked.

The dogs were last used in Surrey during the hunt for schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said that the dogs had been brought in following new information, which had been received. The spokesperson said that the police now had “specific knowledge” of the things they would use the dogs to search for, including the weapon used in the attack.

Abigail, 26, was stabbed in the neck as she returned from a mothers and toddlers meeting with her 21-month-old son Joseph on April 20. The attacker held a knife to Joseph’s throat before attacking Abigail.

Abigail was left paralysed following the attack, although she is beginning to regain some sensation in her body. Her family issued a statement today, which said that although Abigail was still “severely disabled”, she was continuing to make “encouraging progress” and was “facing the future with hope”. The statement said that her husband Benoit, 26, and Joseph were now spending more time with her and were beginning to rebuild their family life.

It has also been reported that police will show Abigail a picture of one of the suspects in the case later this week. Twenty-three-year-old Richard Cazaly left Little Bookham and travelled to Scotland following the attack on Abigail. He later died of a suspected overdose.

(KMcA)


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