‘Someone out there knows the truth’

Katie Sisson of West Hallam
Katie Sisson of West Hallam

Five years on, the pain of losing their daughter is still with tragic teenager Katie Sisson’s parents, who have made a fresh appeal for information.

On July 22, Katie, whose charred body was found in a barn in West Hallam, would have been 24 years old.

Sue Harrison and Ian Sisson, now separated, want answers and are reminding Advertiser readers that there is still a £20,000 reward for information about Katie’s death.

“You learn to live with it,” said Sue, who now lives in Cornwall.

“But you never give up hope. You go to bed and you think about it – it’s not something that ever goes away.”

In 2009, Ian, of Stanley Common, doubled the £10,000 reward, which was offered soon after Katie’s death in January 2008.

“Time dulls everything a bit but it’s still there,” he said.

“I would be lying if I said I felt the same now as I did in the aftermath.

“But it still affects my life on a daily basis.

“It affects your mood and I suppose there’s an undercurrent of depression all the time.”

An inquest into the 18-year-old’s death in 2009 gave an open verdict.

Sue added: “The loss of a loved one exacts a great toll on the lives of family and friends left behind.

“We all have to live with the situation as best we can, never giving up hope that the truth of that evening will come to light

“So I appeal to everyone out there not to forget. Anything that you may have overheard, any rumour could have some credibility and aid the police in getting justice for Katie.

“You may live with someone who has told you something. Remember you may, have children of your own in the future. How would you feel?

“Finally, I will state to the person who knows the truth that I will never ever give in. I will never let you forget.

“I was and still am Katie’s mother and I will carry on appealing until the day I die.”

Although the investigation into her death has not been re-opened, a police spokesman said: “We investigated it thoroughly at the time but if anyone does have any more information, they should contact us.”

Call Sgt Joanne James on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information.