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    Father's 'relief' as Joanna body identified


    by ODN


    The father of murdered architect Joanna Yeates has said he was "relieved" to be reunited with her body and is now hoping her killer will be brought to justice.

    David Yeates, 63, told the Solent News and Photo Agency: "I fear that whoever has done this will never hand themselves in but we live in hope that the police will catch who is responsible.

    "We are sure the police know more about what happened than they are telling us, but at the moment we are not questioning them because we feel they are doing their best."

    Mr Yeates, who is married to Theresa, 56, said hearing his daughter had been murdered was no surprise because the family had been told to prepare for the worst.

    The past week had been the worst of their lives and they were trying to rationalise what had happened, he said.

    Viewing her body had made things a little easier, he said, adding: "It was a relief to see her again - we just said: 'Welcome back'."

    Police say Joanna, whose snow-covered body was found by dog walkers on Christmas Day, was strangled.