THE FATHER of Patsy Morris has welcomed a new investigation into links between his daughter's murder and 'bus stop killer' Levi Bellfield but insists she did not date him.
The mysterious death of 14-year-old Patsy, who was strangled on Hounslow Heath in 1980, is among the cases being reopened in the wake of the Bellfield trial.
"I'm pretty convinced it was him," said George Morris, 72, from Feltham.
"But I don't know where everyone got the idea he was her boyfriend. If she'd even known him she'd have told her sister - she told Nicola everything."
Patsy's body was found hidden under bushes on Hounslow Heath on June 18, 1980, two days after she disappeared from Feltham Comprehensive School during a lunch break.
A post-mortem revealed she had been strangled but not sexually assaulted.
At the time Bellfield, now 39, was a 12-year-old pupil at the school, now called Feltham Community College, and police have decided to review the case.
Det Ch Insp Colin Sutton, who led the operation to convict Bellfield, said: "It's a strong enough coincidence that we've decided to call for all the papers on Patsy's death.
"But these cold cases can be very difficult in many ways - witnesses pass away or forget things and most of the officers involved will be gone by now."
DCI Sutton and his team will trawl through all the old evidence looking for fresh clues or DNA which may have been beyond the technology available 28 years ago.
They will also check a list of truants to see whether Bellfield was among those who skipped school the day Patsy, pictured below, vanished.
"It's frightening to think it might have been a child, but who can say?" said Mr Morris. "It's hard having my hopes raised again but if they do finally solve it it'd be a relief for all of us."
Nearly 40 detectives are reviewing around 30 attacks and sexual assault cases to see whether Bellfield was involved.
DCI Sutton said he had a duty to the victims but admitted it would be a huge task.
"Bellfield watched a lot of crime programmes - like CSI - and he chose a method that left very little physical evidence," he said.
"When you add to that many of his victims suffered amnesia after their attacks, these cases can be very challenging to prove."