Landlady declared dead

PUBLISHED: 12:07 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 03 May 2010

Debbie Steel

Debbie Steel

ELY pub landlady Debbie Steel, wh disappeared mre than 10 years ag, has been declared fficially dead. Her will is being acted upn and her estate distributed, but the mystery f her disappearance is n clser t being slved. The executr f her estat

ELY pub landlady Debbie Steel, wh disappeared mre than 10 years ag, has been declared fficially dead.

Her will is being acted upn and her estate distributed, but the mystery f her disappearance is n clser t being slved.

The executr f her estate, Kent slicitr Andrew Butler, said: "She has been declared deceased because there is an assumptin f death.

"She was a client f mine and I made a will fr her. We have been granted prbate and have issued a ntice t creditrs. We are lking fr anyne wh has a claim against her estate.

"She did nt leave her estate t her family. We shall prbably never knw whether she disappeared r was murdered."

Debbie, 37, disappeared frm the Ryal Standard pub in Frehill in December 1997. She built up and ran the pub with her partner, Brian McDermtt and wned a huse in Langfields, Ely.

Frensic teams were sent t the pub, a plice helicpter was drafted in t scur the area and eventually the search was widened t Lndn where Debbie's family lived.

CCTV ftage in Ely and n the Lndn undergrund was scanned and appeals were launched thrugh psters and in the press.

One persn came frward t say he believed he had seen her n Ely railway statin the mrning after she disappeared, but Debbie was never fund.

A Cambridgeshire plice spkesman said: "A missing persn enquiry was filed n Debrah Steel and this file will be re-pened if any new evidence cmes t light.

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