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The killer of landscape architect Joanna Yeates remains on the loose, police have warned women not to walk home alone after dark.
They acknowledged the alarm in the local community sparked by the grim discovery of the 25-year-old's snow-covered body on Christmas day.
But they reassured the public that patrols had been stepped up in the up-market Clifton area of Bristol where she lived, and that they were "determined to find out" who killed her.
The comments came the day after officers from Avon and Somerset Police freed Miss Yeates's landlord Chris Jefferies on police bail pending further inquiries.
The 65-year-old was arrested on suspicion of the murder on Thursday and held until Saturday night, when he was released on police bail.
Speaking outside the smart Victorian property on Canynge Road where Mr Jefferies lives above the flat Miss Yeates shared with her boyfriend, Chief Superintendent Jon Stratford said: "I can understand why the public in the Clifton and wider Bristol area have concerns for their safety. Whoever killed Jo remains at large."
Increased patrols are being maintained in Clifton to reassure the public, he added, as more than 70 police officers and other staff continue to investigate the brutal crime.
He gave assurances that there was nothing to suggest the murderer was a serial killer nor that the public should be extra worried.
Meanwhile forensic officers continued to examine the property.
Detectives are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have used Longwood Lane in Failand, Bristol, between December 17, when Miss Yeates went missing, and Christmas Day, when she was found strangled there, about three miles from her home.