Paul Lamplugh, the father of estate agent Suzy who was presumed murdered 33 years ago, has died - tragically, without ever knowing who killed his daughter.
The Lamplugh family has released a statement saying that Paul Lamplugh, 87, died in his sleep yesterday morning; he had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
Suzy vanished in 1986 while visiting a property. She worked at Sturgis and Sons in Fulham, London, and was on an appointment to show a viewer - known as Mr Kipper - around a property. She was officially declared dead in 1994, presumed murdered.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a workplace safety charity, was set up by Paul and his wife Diana in Suzy’s memory in 1986. Both received OBEs for their work; Diana passed away six years ago.
The trust has been involved in a series of highly-respected initiatives in the intervening decades - many of them aimed at improving the safety of lone female workers.
Danielle Jones, training and marketing officer at The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, wrote in Estate Agent Today about one of the organisation’s initiatives back in 2016: “Our research shows 30 years after Suzy disappeared, almost two thirds of female estate agents still don’t feel safe at work. Consequently we launched Suzy’s Code this October - a set of personal safety guidelines aimed specifically at estate agents and other professionals in the housing sector. We’ve had an overwhelming response and support - it’s just sad that 30 years after Suzy disappeared we still need to improve safety for estate agents.”
Paul Lamplugh, from East Sheen, last spoke out about his daughter's murder in an interview with The Mirror newspaper in 2016.
“The older I get the more I miss her” he said at the time, accepting that he would probably die without ever knowing the full truth of his daughter’s fate.
Estate Agent Today extends its sympathies to the Lamplugh family, especially Paul’s children Richard, Tamsin and Lizzie, and his seven grandchildren.