In a shocking discovery, the remains of a pregnant woman were found in the back garden of a house more than 20 years after she was murdered. Debbie Griggs disappeared from her home in Deal, Kent, in May 1999. The 34-year-old woman’s body was never found and her husband Andrew Griggs was convicted of her murder and jailed for life in October 2019.
Authorities have confirmed that her body has been discovered in the back garden of a house in St Leonards, Dorset. Andrew had reportedly moved into the property in July 2001. The house was searched by police following a tip-off on October 5, 2022. Human remains included tooth fragments. An autopsy confirmed that the remains belonged to Debbie. Further tests will reportedly be carried out to determine the cause of death.
Debbie Griggs Age
Debbie Griggs is 34 years old.
According to the Sun, Debbie’s heartbroken sister, Wendie Rowlinson, said: “In short, 2 years after he murdered her, she moved house and took her with him. Then he buried her in the backyard.” He further stated, “PM (Postmortem) definitely confirmed it to her, plus her unborn child (18 weeks). Lots of unbelievable and unpleasant details.
But to me, the most unbelievable thing is that he took her to the new house.” adding, “I really don’t think any killer has ever done that before.” Debbie was reported missing by her husband Andrew on May 5, 1999, when she was four months pregnant. Andrew claimed that she had left the family home angry after he came home from work and fell asleep.
Debbie’s white Peugeot 309 was found abandoned days after her disappearance 1.3 miles from her home in Walmer. Following a cold case review in March 2019, Andrew, who had remarried, was charged with murdering Debbie. At his trial, prosecutors argued that he killed his wife after she found out about his affair with a 15-year-old girl. The defendant was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years.
During sentencing, the judge said it was likely the sailor had “thrown her body into the sea.” Detective Chief Inspector Neil Kimber, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “It has been more than 20 years since Debbie Griggs was murdered by her husband, but we have never given up hope of one day finding her remains. and give your loved ones some closure.
He further said: “Andrew Griggs denied being responsible for his wife’s disappearance, but this discovery is further proof that he was lying all along, causing even greater anguish for everyone who knew and loved Debbie,” adding:
“As they continue to mourn his tragic loss to this day, I hope they can take comfort in the knowledge that he can now rest.” Detective Chief Inspector Neil further said: “We will continue to keep Debbie’s family updated on the progress of our ongoing investigations and provide them with support at this difficult time.”