Burying a child is every parent's nightmare. But Marie McCourt has spent 31 years yearning to do just that.
On 9 February, her 22-year-old daughter Helen left her office in Liverpool city centre, and began her usual commute home. But she was never seen again... Within days, local pub landlord, Ian Simms was identified as her murderer. Despite Helen's body not being found, a mass of incontrovertible DNA and witness evidence at his trial 12 months later resulted in a life sentence.
Simms has refused to disclose the whereabouts of Helen's body, meaning Marie and her family have never been able to get closure. They've never had a grave at which they can pay their respects.
For the last 30 years, Marie has fought to find her daughter's body and to stop other families facing the same horrifying fate. Her tenacity has meant that Helen's Law - 'no body, no parole' - is due to be passed into law.
This is the incredible story of the crushing devastation of a mother, callously taunted by her daughter's murderer, who found the strength and determination to change the law.
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