IN PICTURES: The murder of Helen McCourt - 20 years on

St Helens Star: Helen McCourt's body has never been found. Helen McCourt's body has never been found.

TODAY marks the 20th anniversary of Helen McCourt's disappearance.

Helen, aged 22 and from Billinge, went missing on a stormy winter's night on February 9, 1988.

In what became the town's most notorious crime of modern times, George and Dragon pub landlord Ian Simms was subsequently jailed for her murder.

However, Helen's body has never been found.

  • The Star's archive photographs tell the story of how the investigation and police search unfolded. To view click here
  • For an interview with Helen's mum Marie click here

Meanwhile, a service to mark the 20th anniversary of Helen's death will take place at Birchley St Mary's church, Trent Road, Billinge at 6pm on Saturday.

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