Libby Squire’s mum has said she understands why her daughter’s death did not trigger the same outpouring of grief as Sarah Everard’s.
Lisa Squire has spoken candidly about the experience of her daughter going missing in the wake of 33-year-old Ms Everard’s tragic death last month.
Where Libby was not found for more than two months after she disappeared on February 1, 2019, Ms Everard’s body was found in Kent woodland a week after she was reported missing from Clapham, London.
Lisa believes the different time gaps between their disappearances and their bodies being found explain the differing reactions from the public.
“There wasn’t this outpouring of grief when Libby died,” the mum told the BBC.
“Without being unkind, people go off the boil, unless it’s current and there, they forget.”
The death of Ms Everard, whose body was discovered days after she disappeared on March 3, has sparked a huge debate on women’s safety and the ‘Reclaim These Streets’ movement.
She was allegedly snatched from a road near Clapham Common as she walked home from a friend’s house on March 3.
Her remains were found in woodland in Ashford in Kent.
Serving Metropolitan police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, was charged with her kidnap and murder and is awaiting trial.
Libby, 21, went missing on February 21, 2019 and it was two years before her killer Pawel Relowicz was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison.
Lisa spoke of the ‘strange’ experience of seeing her daughter’s photos on TV, which made her feel like she was a spectator in her own life.
She recalls getting out of bed early after sleepless nights to reply to thousands of kind messages from strangers on Facebook.
Once Libby’s body was found, people sent cards, too.
While many people were kind to her, at times Lisa found it hard listening to people on TV talk about Libby as if they knew her.
On other occasions, such as when a journalist came to her door on her birthday to ask how she was feeling celebrating without her daughter, she felt media attention crossed a line.
Lisa also feels some of the details highlighted in the media were irrelevant, such as the fact Pawel was a butcher and from Poland.
“It doesn’t actually matter what nationality he was, and it didn’t matter that she was drunk,” she said.
“A man has killed my daughter, that’s what matters.”
Despite her concerns over being in the limelight, Lisa believes it is important to talk about what happened to Libby once more if it means helping change attitudes.