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The family now living on a farm where a woman mistaken for Rupert Murdoch’s wife was killed in a botched kidnapping are said to be frustrated by delays in the search for her body.
Muriel McKay is believed to have met her death more than 50 years ago at the 11-acre farm in Hertfordshire.
Last month, her killer, Nizamodeen Hosein, gave instructions on where the mother of three’s body was buried, but police have yet to start digging.
The family who now live on the farm have refused to comment publicly and are “waiting” for police to start excavations after the 75-year-old Hosein’s confession.
The farm used to be owned by Hosein’s older brother, Arthur.
The wait will also add to the agony for Ms. McKay’s family. She was taken there by her two brothers, who mistook her for the wife of media boss Rupert Murdoch.
The current owners, who bought the farm for £2.2m in 2007, have refused requests from the McKay family to allow them onto the property to scan the location using ground-penetrating radar.
There is no suggestion that they will obstruct a police search.
One local said: “The family is waiting for the police to get off their butt and do it.”
Metropolitan Police officers review material from the case, but it is understood that an excavation is not expected imminently. The case is complicated by the fact that five decades have passed since the murder.
Detectives are believed to be combing through a vast amount of documents to find out where the original searches were made 52 years ago. Hosein and his brother Arthur demanded £1m from Australian McKay, 55, who was married to Alick McKay, Mr Murdoch’s deputy in the UK.
On December 29, 1969, the brothers followed Murdoch’s chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, unaware that he had loaned it to McKay while he was in Australia.
They forced their way into McKay’s home in Wimbledon, southwest London, and put her terrified wife into a car, taking her to the Hertfordshire farm. Mrs. McKay was never seen alive again and her body was never found.
The men were captured after police noticed their car driving through a salvage pickup area.
They were later sentenced to life in prison in the UK’s first conviction for murder without a body. In December, Hosein, who was deported to Trinidad after serving 20 years, told Matthew Gayle, a British lawyer hired by the McKay family, that he would reveal the location of the mother-of-three’s body because he wanted “closure” before die.
He also claimed that Ms. McKay died of a heart attack two days after the kidnapping.
His brother Arthur died in prison in 2009.
Mrs McKay’s daughter, Dianne, now 81, told the Daily Mail that she visited the farm to make a personal plea to its current owners and lay flowers last week.
“For the first time in my life I had this really strong urge to go there, to see where my mother’s grave might be and beg the family to let us in,” she said.
If she is there, I would like to get her out of that place and bring her home. I do not think it’s too much to ask.