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Murder arrests over Rugby woman's 1985 disappearance

Police investigating the disappearance and suspected murder of a Rugby woman more than 30 years ago have made three arrests.

Harbans Kaur Lally was born and raised in Rugby, but was living in Leeds at the time of her disappearance in 1985.

Officers there have been questioning a 75 year old man and 74 year old woman on suspicion of her murder - though they've since been released on bail.

A 53-year-old man's also been bailed after he was questioned on suspicion of perjury.

It's thought Harbans went back to Rugby shortly before she disappeared, and police have been doing house to house enquiries in Bennett Street, where her family lived.

Officers are hoping to build up a picture of the 19 year old's life, to help work out what happened to her.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Bryar, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We have recently received information that raises concerns about Harbans’ apparent disappearance, which we are now treating as a murder investigation.

“We are currently trying to build up a picture of her life at the time she disappeared and we are very keen to hear from anyone with any information that could assist us.

“We would like to speak to anyone who knew Harbans, who was also known as Susan, when she lived and worked in Leeds in 1984 to 1985, and also anyone who knew her when she was growing up in Rugby, either through school or in the area she lived. We are particularly interested to speak to anyone who knew her when she returned there in 1985.

“We would like to reassure people that we will treat all information in the strictest confidence and would urge anyone who does know something that could assist the investigation to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting Operation Parryton or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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