Vicar leads prayers for Joanna

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Joanna Yeates's body was found on Christmas morning by a couple walking their dogs

Prayers have been said in church for murdered landscape architect Joanna Yeates, whose snow-covered body was found on Christmas day.

Associate vicar Dan Clark, who led the service at a church near Miss Yeates’s flat, asked the congregation to remember the 25-year-old’s family, the police investigating the case and the journalists covering it.

He told members at Christ Church in Bristol’s up-market Clifton area: “Many of you will know this has been quite a difficult few weeks for the local community following the sad news about Joanna Yeates.

“I would like us to pause and bring our own quiet prayers for Joanna’s family.”

As the congregation bowed its heads, he added: “As well as praying quietly for Joanna’s family, friends and colleagues, let’s also pray quietly for the police working hard to solve this case and the press working hard to publicise this case and jog people’s memories.”

The prayers were said as Miss Yeates’s landlord, Chris Jefferies, began his first day on bail after being released by police.

The 65-year-old was arrested on suspicion of the young woman’s murder on Thursday and held until last night, when he was freed pending further inquiries.

His release came hours after the 25-year-old’s grieving family said they were “certain” her killer would be caught.

Detectives from Avon and Somerset Police are continuing their investigation into the murder and said they were working tirelessly to bring the culprit to justice.

Forensic officers carried on examining the smart Victorian property where Mr Jefferies lives above the flat Miss Yeates shared with her boyfriend Greg Reardon.

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