Richey Edwards' sister, Rachel Edwards, has hit out at the way police handled the investigation into his disappearance. She was speaking on a BBC Radio Wales documentary, Eye On Wales, on Monday, March 17.
The documentary revealed that there is a 24-hour video surveillance camera monitoring traffic on the Severn Bridge (near where Richey's car was found abandoned). However, police had not studied the tapes until last week.
"I have been told by a police officer from the Met that the tapes had been destroyed and now, two years down the line, I find out that they are there," Rachel Edwards said.
"It would have made a big difference to know that those tapes had been viewed and to know that Richard wasn't on them."
The documentary blamed the lack of a national missing persons policy for the fact that Avon & Somerset Police, whose jurisdiction covers the Severn Bridge, and the Metropolitan Police, investigating Richey's disappearance, had not co-ordinated their efforts.
The Met have now obtained the tapes of the period of Richey's disappearance, from a London hotel in February 1995, but are pessimistic about finding anything.
"The pictures from the camera were being watched by the police at the time of Richey's disappearance and nothing suspicious has been spotted," said a Met spokesman. "If there were any figures on the bridge they would be so far away as to be unidentifiable. I doubt if we would able to tell if a figure was a man or a woman.
"There are literally hours and hours of footage," the spokesman continued. "We are doing it to exhaust every line of enquiry and put the minds of Richey's family to rest."
[Originally published: New Musical Express, 29 March 1997]