First picture of Katie Kenyon murder suspect: Man accused of killing mum who vanished after getting into transit van

THIS is the first picture of a man accused of murdering a mum who vanished getting in a van a week ago.

Katie Kenyon, 33, was last seen at 9.30am on Friday leaving a home in Burnley with a man before travelling in the silver van.

She has not been seen or heard from since and police say they are "increasingly concerned".

Cops working on the basis that Katie is no longer alive although a body has not been found.

Andrew Burfield, 50, appeared at Preston Crown Court today charged with murder.

A trial date was fixed for November 14 but no pleas were entered.

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Burfield was remanded in custody to appear at the same court on August 22.

It comes as Katie's family paid tribute to the "beloved" mum as they launched a JustGiving page to raise funds for her children.

They wrote: "On Friday the 22nd April, our heartbreaking nightmare began when our Katie was taken away from her children and family far too soon.

"We as family are putting together this justgiving page for Katie to have the best send off that Katie deserves & for Katie's son and daughter & their future to fulfill Katie's dreams she had planned with her children.

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"As we know you all want to help, this would be the most appreciated way. Any donations will be truly, gratefully received.

"Thank you for all your kind words and support. We know you're all behind us."

A woman matching the missing mum-of-two’s description was seen travelling with a man in the Transit to Bolton by Bowland near Gisburn Forest.

Police released a picture of the van, which has the number plate MT57 FLC.

Specialist officers were seen trawling the woodland for clues as they stepped up the search for Katie.

Police yesterday set up forensic tents in the woodland after receiving a tip-off about the van.

They confirmed today the area has "proved negative" and are continuing their searches.


Worried neighbours previously told how Katie’s disappearance is “completely out of character”.

One said: “She’s a very family-oriented person and loves her two children and it’s completely out of character for her to disappear.

“Most of her time is spent with her kids and walking her dog. She’s into spiritual things too.

“She’s a lovely person and always says ‘hello’.

“I last saw her Wednesday morning when she was going to the shop.”

Christine Marshall, 62, described Katie as someone who “doted” on her children.

“She’s lived on this road for many, many years,” she said.

“It’s totally out of character for her to disappear like this.

“She’s always very friendly and I last saw on Thursday as she was going to her car.

“At first, I didn’t realise it was her who’d gone missing.

“For her, the kids come first and they must feel terrible at the moment.

“I just hope the police find her soon.”

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Police are appealing for anyone who was in Bolton by Bowland who may have seen Katie or the van to get in touch.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log 800 of April 24th.

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