Detectives investigating the 1998 murder of Cornish mum Lyn Bryant are working on 40 new lines of enquiry following a 25th anniversary public appeal.

The 40-year-old was killed on Tuesday 20 October 1998 as she walked the family dog in quiet rural lanes near her home in Ruan High Lanes on The Roseland.

Her body was found in a field gateway near Ruan High Lanes Methodist Chapel; she had been stabbed a number of times in a prolonged sexually motivated attack.

Last month detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team launched a fresh public appeal for information to mark the 25th anniversary of her murder.

They called on people to break their silence and help bring the killer to justice. The appeal was backed by a £20,000 reward offered by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

A total of 57 calls and messages were received during the appeal, providing 40 new actions and enquiries which are now being progressed.

This will include further comparisons being made against a partial DNA profile which is believed to belong to Lyn’s killer.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Rob Smith praised the public for their response: “I would like to thank everyone who came forward with information as part of this latest appeal. It is touching to see the level of public support for this case despite the passing of time.

“We would, however, still encourage anyone else to contact us if they are wrestling with their conscience or harbouring suspicions about someone. Just one piece of information, however small, could be crucial in helping to identify and apprehend Lyn’s killer.

“We know that 25 years is a long time but we remain convinced that someone knows what happened to Lyn that day. For the sake of her family, please do the right thing and get in touch – now is the time.”

The public can report information through the Major Incident Public Portal: Public Portal (

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their non-traceable online form at

More information about how to claim and the eligibility for the reward can be found on the Crimestoppers website.