THE FATHER of strangled schoolgirl Patsy Morris has lost hope that the investigation into alleged serial killer Peter Tobin might uncover the truth behind her death nearly 30 years ago.
In November, Hampshire police began re-investigating a string of murders and disappearances after finding the remains of two teenage girls at Tobin's former home in Margate, Kent.
The unsolved mystery of 14-year-old Patsy, who was killed on Hounslow Heath in 1980, was rumoured to be among the cold cases reopened in the wake of the gruesome discoveries.
But George Morris, 72, of Vernon Road, says he has given up waiting for a call from police and no longer believes Patsy's murder will be included in the Tobin investigation.
He said: "In a way it would have been quite a relief if it had been him - to know they'd actually finally got the person. But we haven't heard anything from them so I guess they don't think Patsy's case is related."
In the summer of 1980, Mr Morris spent two days searching alongside Feltham officers after his daughter disappeared from Feltham Comprehensive School during a lunch break.
On June 18 a police dog handler uncovered her rain-soaked corpse hidden under bushes on Hounslow Heath, not far from her home in Cygnet Avenue.
Detectives at the time were convinced Patsy, who was found fully-clothed, had been the victim of a random attack by a stranger. But despite numerous false leads, and even an arrest 10 years later, the murder remains unsolved.
Father-of-four Mr Morris said: "Even after 27 years you never stop hoping they'll finally catch the person.
"It's been difficult seeing Patsy's face in the news again this year but it's not as if I don't think about what happened anyway. Something like this is always with you."