Susan Wareing murder - detective vows never to give up until her body is found

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

THE detective who led the investigation into the disappearance and murder of Susan Wareing has vowed never to give up hope of finding her body as a new documentary about her airs on TV.


Susan, 45, from Darwen, was last seen on January 29, 2019, in company with Alan Edwards, who was later convicted of her murder.


Sadly, her body has never been found.


January 29 was the fourth anniversary of her disappearance and police are issuing a renewed call to help find her.


Det Ch Insp Lukmaan Mulla, of Lancashire Police, said: “In all my years of policing this case is the one which has affected me the most.


“Susan was such a vulnerable woman, and she was subjected to the most horrific abuse by Alan Edwards which culminated in her murder at his hands.


“Even though he is now in prison Edwards has never admitted killing Susan, instead claiming that she left of her own free will, and while her family have some justice they can never fully grieve while her body remains missing.


“I will continue to try and get answers from Alan Edwards, but I would also appeal to anyone who may have information about Susan’s disappearance to come forward.


“Someone out there knows where Susan’s body is and can help police and her family. I must stress, any information, no matter how seemingly small, could help our team to find her.


“Any calls to police will be treated in the strictest confidence.”


Susan (pictured) had been subjected to several assaults by Edwards during their two-month relationship and was seen being punched to the face by him on January 15, 2019, around two weeks before her family last heard from her.


The following day, she attended a doctor’s appointment with multiple injuries, including bruising and severe swelling to the face.  Accompanied by Edwards, she was advised to seek medical attention at a hospital but sadly, she never did.


Susan was last seen on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, in company with Edwards at Asda in Darwen.


Susan’s family later reported her missing to the police, with police later launching a murder investigation.

Alan Edwards (pictured, right), 48, of Blackburn Road, Darwen was convicted of Susan’s murder following a trial at Preston Crown Court. He was also found guilty of 19 other offences against four other women he had been in relationships with, spanning twenty years. He is currently serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 27 years.


Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident reference 0434 of May 9th.

Or you can submit information here Public Portal (


Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


Sleeping with My Murderer: Alan Edwards airs Tuesday 9 May 2023 on 5STAR


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