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Louise Kerton's father hits out at decision to close her case

Phil Kerton, father of Louise Kerton who went missing 10 years ago
Phil Kerton, father of Louise Kerton who went missing 10 years ago

by Jess Banham

A Kent father whose daughter went missing in Germany 10 years ago has hit out at the decision to close her case.

Louise Kerton, 24, from Broadstairs went missing after going to visit her fiance in Aachen back in 2001.

She was studying nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University.

After a review of her case, police officers in Germany have decided there is nothing more they can do.

Her father Phillip Kerton, of New Ash Green, said: "It just leaves us still in as much of a limbo as we were ten years ago. We did imagine that once the well-known, efficient German system got hold of the case, it wouldn't be long before we heard a result but on the contrary."

Louise Kerton, who went missing 10 years ago
Louise Kerton, who went missing 10 years ago

Kent and German police had both been working on the case but now only officers from Kent will continue to investigate new lines of enquiry.

Mr Kerton added: "The foreign systems just don't seem to work in the same way and just seem to take one line of enquiry at a time, they think, oh well one person's gone off on their own, let's investigate that or a person's got lost, let's investigate that. They don't seem to take any multi-faceted approach at all."

Louise had been staying with her fiance's mother near Euskirchen, 60km from Aachen, when she went missing. She was due to catch a train to Ostende in Belgium, but never arrived.

Phillip, 66, said: "We are convinced or as convinced as we can be that she is dead. It's not exactly a comfort thinking that but it allows you to carry on with your life."

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