Over the course of the next year, pressure mounted on the police to find the perpetrator of the brutal murders, as they interviewed 9000 people, taking 1000 statements, taking in a number of suspects and arresting at least one person, who was later released without charge, but nothing emerged.
Josie and her father Shaun had moved from Kent to start a new life in the Nantile Valley in north Wales in December 1996. Her injuries had left her with speech problems, and she had little to no memory of the attack. On 1 May 1997, she had recovered enough to give an interview to the police. However, leads were unpromising, non-existent or going nowhere.