Greenhithe murder victim Claire Tiltman's father dies without finding her killer
PUBLISHED: 08:29 03 October 2012 | UPDATED: 08:58 03 October 2012
The father of schoolgirl Claire Tiltman has died without seeing her killer brought to justice.
A private funeral for Cliff Tiltman, 62, from Greenhithe, was held on Tuesday at Eltham Crematorium following his death on September 14.
Dartford Grammar School for Girls pupil Claire, 16, was stabbed to death in an alleyway just off the busy A226 London Road in Greenhithe on January 18, 1993
Dying cancer patient Mr Tiltman appealed for information about the attack on the anniversary of her death in January.
He said: “It would mean everything to me to find out, after all these years, who did this to Claire. It has been a long time, but I’ve never given up hope and never will.
“I can’t begin to put into words how this has affected our family. Claire has gone. Her mum has gone. There is now only me. I try to stay strong but will still hide and cry my eyes out for an hour. She would have been 35 now - she was a good kid. I miss her to bits.”
Claire had been on her way to visit a friend when she was attacked on January 18, 1993 between 6pm and 6.30pm - a time when many road and rail commuters were returning home from work.
Tragically Claire’s mother, Lin Tiltman, also died from cancer aged 56 in 2008.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Vinson the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “Last month a good man went to his grave without ever seeing justice being served for the murder of his only daughter.
“This isn’t the end of our investigation; we have always maintained that someone has information about this murder and we will continue to investigate it.
“I hope that the sad news of Cliff’s passing might prompt someone to finally come forward with the key piece of information that we need to identify Claire’s killer and help us bring this case to a successful conclusion.”
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 with information.