What happened to Soham murder victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman? | The Sun

What happened to Soham murder victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman? | The Sun

THE community of Soham was left heartbroken when the bodies of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells were discovered in 2002.

Ian Huntley was found guilty of their murders and sentenced to life in prison.

Who were Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells?

The two girls were both 10-years-old when they attended a barbeque at Holly's home in Soham, Cambridgeshire – they had been friends since nursery.

They also attended St. Andrew's Primary School together.

Football fans and best friends Holly and Jessica had been spending the day together and playing as usual.

A photo of them in their matching Manchester United football tops was taken mere hours before they went missing.

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The parents of Holly Wells have often spoken out about their loss and how they have tried to put the past behind them and move on with their lives.

In 2017, Holly's dad, Kevin Wells spoke of the loss of his daughter and said:''We will never forget Holly, but life does move on — it has to — and the intensity of your grief does diminish as the years pass.''

However, the parents of Jessica Chapman have rarely spoken publicly since the death of their daughter.

What happened to Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman?

On Sunday, August 4, 2002, Jessica went round to Holly's house for the barbeque.

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They are believed to have gone out exploring around the neighbourhood.

It wasn't until 8pm that evening when Holly's parents realised they were missing and alerted police.

Over 400 officers worked round the clock to find the girls along with hundreds of local people who volunteered to help and a media appeal, including Ian Huntley.

Almost two weeks later, on August 17, 2002,the bodies of the 10-year-olds were found burnt in a ditch around 10 miles from Soham.

It was revealed that they had been lured into Ian Huntley's house, where he had killed Holly then Jessica.

Huntley said that Holly's death had been an accident.

He initially claimed he had killed Jessica by mistake too in an attempt to stop her crying after Holly died.

In 2018, he changed his story in leaked recordings, explaining he "couldn't let her leave the house".

Who are Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr?

Ian Huntley was a caretaker at Soham Village College in Cambridgeshire, East Anglia.

Suspicion fell on caretaker of Soham Village College, Ian Huntley and his partner at the time, Maxine Carr.

They were taken in for questioning just before the bodies of the two girls were found.

Huntley had appeared in TV appeals and even approached police with questions.

In a Channel 5 documentary, former Special Constable Sharon Gilbert said that he had appeared "very relaxed" and asked her about evidence.

She said: "We were tasked to go to Soham College, and Ian Huntley approached the vehicle and lounged over the hinge section of the door.

"He was very relaxed in his talking, he wasn't nervous in any way shape or form.

"Quite early in the conversation he said to me, 'how long said does DNA evidence last?'

"I said 'indefinitely, they've used it on the Russian tsar family and woolly mammoths I believe'."

Huntley's girlfriend Maxine Carr worked at the school the girls attended as a teaching assistant.

She was later jailed for providing her boyfriend, Ian Huntley a false alibi.

Carr told police her then fiancé Huntley had been with her all the time.

It meant police initially eliminated him as a suspect.

She also cleaned their house of evidence.

In fact she had been in Grimsby — at a nightclub with another man.

Carr was charged with perverting the course of justice after she turned on Huntley during the trial and served just 21 months of her sentence.

She was given lifelong anonymity and a new identity on release from prison.

When did Ian Huntley go to prison?

Huntley was convicted in 2003 and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment.

He is currently serving his time at HMP Frankland Prison in County Durham.

The High Court later insisted on a minimum sentence of 40 years.

After his conviction, it was revealed he was previously investigated for reports of sexual offences and burglary.

It was revealed that Huntley had a daughter, Samantha Bryan, from an abusive relationship he had with then 15-year-old Katie.

He had groomed Katie, who had left prior to the birth of her daughter.

Katie had not revealed the identity of her daughters biological dad – it was only when Samantha carried out a school project, that she uncovered the horrifying truth.

She later uncovered the details of Huntley's crimes when her mum handed her a box of newspaper clippings about his horrific crimes.

A recording behind bars in 2018 featured him apologising for what he had done.

Huntley said: “What I will say is that I am so terribly, terribly sorry for what I have done.

“I know the people of Soham took me into their community, they trusted me, gave me a job and a home, and I betrayed them in the worst possible way.

“And I am sorry for what I have done, sorry for the pain I have caused to the families and friends of Holly and Jessica, for the pain I have caused my family and friends, and for the pain I have caused the community of Soham."

Whilst serving his time in prison, Huntley has been on the receiving end of a number of violent attacks carried out by fellow inmates.

In 2005, while serving time in HMP Wakefield, Huntley was scalded with boiling water by convicted spree killer, Mark Hobson.

He was then transferred to HMP Frankland in 2008.

It was there Huntley had his neck slashed by a convicted armed robber.

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In 2017, it was also revealed that Huntley had an altercation with the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, who had called Huntley a "child killing b*****d", before telling him to "p*** off".

The killer will not be considered for release until 2042 at the earliest.

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