Northern Ireland

Murderer asked to 'do the decent thing' and reveal location of Charlotte Murray's body

Murder victim Charlotte Murray
Murder victim Charlotte Murray Murder victim Charlotte Murray

POLICE have appealed directly to a convicted murderer to reveal the location of the body of the woman he killed.

Johnny Miller was convicted in 2019 of murdering his former girlfriend Charlotte Murray 10 years ago. Police believe the Omagh woman was murdered between October 31 and November 1.

A jury unanimously found Miller, from Moy in Co Tyrone, guilty of the murder of the 34-year-old.

Detective Superintendent Eamonn Corrigan appealed to Miller, who is serving at least 16 years to "do the decent thing".

He said: "Johnny Miller was sentenced to life in February 2020 for killing Charlotte, but still refuses to say where her remains are, denying her friends and family the chance to say their final goodbyes and lay her to rest. His cowardly silence is cruel and is prolonging the suffering and distress for Charlotte's family. They have already been through unimaginable turmoil and they simply want to know the truth about what happened to her.

"I am appealing directly to Johnny Miller – do the decent thing, end the family’s suffering and tell us where Charlotte is. It’s also possible that other people know where Charlotte’s body is or what happened to her. If you do, please come forward now with the information we need to bring Charlotte home to her family. It is the honourable thing to do and is the very least Charlotte’s family deserve.

"Please call police with any information, no matter how insignificant you think it is."

Following Ms Murray's disappearance, Miller claimed she was just missing and that she sent him messages from Belfast.

This was to "lay a false trail", his trial heard. Mobile mast analysis revealed her phone never left the Moy area.

Police believe Ms Murray was murdered shortly after she was reported missing. Detectives established "there was not a shred of evidence" to suggest she had disappeared.

Police contacted 41 women with the same name across the UK to ensure they were not "the Charlotte Murray in this case". More than 600 people were spoken to in the years from her disappearance to Miller being charged.

Detectives also were in contact with An Garda Siochana and all police services in the UK as well as every council district, health services, charities, airlines, transport companies, including rail networks, social services and HMRC.