Where sick killer Ian Huntley is now 20 years on from tragic Soham murders

Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were murdered by Ian Huntley in Soham, Cambridgeshire, on August 4, 2002 after they were lured into his home.

Huntley subsequently murdered the two girls before dumping their bodies in an irrigation ditch near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

A high-profile search – described as one of the most extensive in British history – was launched to locate Holly and Jessica.

However, it wasn't until August 17, 2002, that their bodies were discovered.

Keith Pryer, a gamekeeper, was the one to find the girls, who had been left lying side by side in a five-foot deep ditch.

The cause of death of both of the girls was later ruled as asphyxiation.

But how was Ian Huntley caught and who was his ex-girlfriend Maxine Carr?

Here's everything you need to know.

How was Ian Huntley caught?

After word spread that the girls were missing, Huntley volunteered to help the police with the search and gave several interviews on camera during the 13-day ordeal.

However, he was later caught out after making five key errors.

The blunders included a suspicious car-related purchase, his method of disposing of the victims' Manchester United shirts, and the location where he switched off Jessica's phone.

A search of Huntley's house and grounds of Soham Village College Secondary School, where he worked as a caretaker, found items of clothing that the girls were wearing when they disappeared.

After finding the clothes, both Huntley and his girlfriend Maxine Carr were arrested.

Huntley refused to answer any questions and the police had to refer him to have a psychological evaluation.

What happened to Ian Huntley?

Huntley, who claimed that the deaths were accidental, was convicted of the murders of both Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells on December 17, 2003.

The former caretaker was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment, with the High Court later setting 40 years as the minimum term to be served.

Huntley, now 48, currently resides in HMP Frankland, which is a category A prison for men in Brasside, County Durham.

He is halfway through his 40-year sentence.

Who was Maxine Carr and what happened to her?

Maxine Carr was the girlfriend of Huntley during the time of the murders.

When the investigation was taking place, Carr lied to police and told them that she was at home with Huntley when the two girls disappeared.

It later came to light that she was not at the property.

Carr was arrested at the same time as Huntley and she quickly confessed to the police that she had given Huntley a false alibi, saying that Huntley had told her the girls had come into their house as Holly had a nosebleed.

Once told of the evidence against Huntley, she began to cry and said that she didn't believe he had murdered the girls.

She defended his innocence throughout the investigation.

Carr was then charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and was later charged with two counts of assisting an offender.

She was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, however, she served 21 months inside before she was released.

The former teaching assistant is one of only four former UK prisoners protected by a lifelong anonymity order — along with child killer Mary Bell and James Bulger’s murderers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.

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