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Police admit ‘no tangible trace’ of fugitive speedboat killer Jack Shepherd

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Police have admitted there has been “no tangible trace” of fugitive speedboat killer Jack Shepherd since he skipped his trial.

The 31-year-old absconded while on bail and before he was found guilty of the death of Charlotte Brown.

The web designer killed Miss Brown, 24, in a speedboat accident on the River Thames in December 2015.

The pair met on dating website OkCupid and Shepherd tried to impress her by taking her out on the water late at night.

In his absence, Shepherd was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and sentenced to six years in prison.

Yet, despite being on the run, Shepherd is now appealing his conviction.


Undated handout file photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Charlotte Brown. Web developer Jack Shepherd has been found guilty of killing her in a speedboat accident on the Thames. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 26, 2018. Web designer Jack Shepherd had been trying to impress 24-year-old Charlotte Brown after meeting her on dating website OkCupid. But their champagne-fuelled first date ended in tragedy when his boat capsized and she was thrown into the cold river in Decem
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Charlotte Brown died in the speedboat accident

The Metropolitan Police conceded they are not yet any closer to finding Shepherd despite an international manhunt.

The force revealed there has been no activity on those bank accounts of Shepherd’s they are aware of, or his phone.

And Scotland Yard admitted Shepherd could be abroad because his passport was not taken off him before his trial.

Detective chief inspector Mick Norman said: “Shepherd is subject to an international arrest warrant; however since he failed to appear in court for his trial there has been no tangible trace of him.

“There have been a number of rumours that he is being harboured abroad by friends but we have no evidence this is the case.

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the speedboat owned by Web designer Jack Shepherd who has been found guilty of killing his date, Charlotte Brown, in an accident on the Thames. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 26, 2018. Jack Shepherd had been trying to impress 24-year-old Charlotte Brown after meeting her on dating website OkCupid. But their champagne-fuelled first date ended in tragedy when his boat capsized and she was thrown into th
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The pair had gone for a late-night trip on the River Thames

“There has been no movement on his bank accounts or phone. However this is only in respect of the accounts we are aware of.

“He may well be using the accounts of friends or associates to evade arrest and extradition.”

The senior officer added the Met Police will work with other crime-fighting agencies to “track, trace and arrest Shepherd wherever he is in the world”.

“In order to do so, we need the continued assistance of the public,” he added.

“We would also appeal to Mr Shepherd’s friends and associates who may be assisting him through a misplaced sense of loyalty to do the right thing and share any information they have with the police.

“Shepherd’s passport was not seized by the police or the court, as he was on court bail and fully complying with court bail conditions up to the time of the trial when he failed to appear.”

Miss Brown’s father, Graham Brown, has told Sky News how Shepherd’s disappearance is a “continuation of the torture” for the family.

Having recently discovered Shepherd’s appeal is being funded by legal aid, Mr Brown said: “It doesn’t give you a lot of faith in the legal system, it’s disgraceful really.

“The fact that he can do this and that it’s supported by legal aid is mind-boggling, the audacity of it all.”

Shepherd and Miss Brown shared a £150 meal at the Shard, where they drank two bottles of wine.

They then went back to Shepherd’s houseboat in Hammersmith and took champagne aboard the speedboat for a trip past the Houses of Parliament.

On the return journey, the speeding boat hit a submerged log and tipped over near Wandsworth Bridge.

Miss Brown was pulled from the water unconscious and unresponsive as paramedics battled in vain to save her.

Shepherd was found clinging to the hull of the speedboat.

:: Anyone with information about Shepherd’s whereabouts is asked to call police on 020 8721 4005 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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