Joanna Yeates family 'live in hope' killer will be caught

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The father of murdered architect Joanna Yeates said today he was "relieved" to be reunited with her body and is now hoping her killer will be brought to justice.

David Yeates, 63, told the Southern Daily Echo: "I fear that whoever has done this will never hand themselves in but we live in hope that the police will catch who is responsible.



"We are sure the police know more about what happened than they are telling us, but at the moment we are not questioning them because we feel they are doing their best."



Mr Yeates was speaking from his home in Ampfield, Hampshire.

Mr Yeates, who is married to Theresa, 56, said: "Hearing Jo had been murdered was not a surprise because we had been told to prepare for the worst.

"Since hearing about her death, all sorts of things have been running through our mind and we are trying to rationalise what has happened.



"Last week was the worst of our lives and we are hoping that we will never have to go through anything like this again."



He added: "Things were made just that little bit less terrible when we saw Jo's body yesterday.



"It was a relief to see her again - we just said: 'Welcome back'."



Mr Yeates said his family were keen to make arrangements for her funeral but they had been informed by the police that her body was unlikely to be released "for a while".