THE daughter of a killer who is serving a life sentence for murdering her mother says he should not be freed until he has said what he did with the body.

On Monday 25 years will have passed since Veronica Packman disappeared from the family home in Ipswich Road, Bournemouth. She was planning to divorce her husband Russell Causley.

He has twice been convicted of murdering her, but has never revealed to the police or courts how he did it, or how he disposed of the remains.

Now 67, he will be eligible to apply for release from his life sentence in two years time.

The Parole Board cannot make confession a condition of granting his liberty.

His only daughter Samantha Gillingham, 41, asked: “How can that be correct? I think it’s terrible. The law should be changed. It shouldn’t be that all you have to do is sit tight.”

She said her father had asked to be recategorised last year as the first step towards being moved to an open prison, where he would be prepared for freedom.

Mrs Gillingham, who plans to write to the Prime Minister, said: “They are starting to go through the process regardless of the fact that my father has never admitted anything. I hope David Cameron will give me some sort of assurance that this will be looked at and he won’t be allowed to go free.

“We don’t know where my mother is. Just because it’s 25 years, it doesn’t make it any better. It doesn’t go away. If I did know where she was, I would have had closure a long time ago.”

About a year before Mrs Packman went missing, her husband moved his mistress Patricia Causley into the house in Westbourne.

Mrs Gillingham, then only 16, remembers coming back from a day in London with her father in June 1985 and finding her mother’s wedding ring in the kitchen with a note saying she had left.

She found her mother’s clothes, jewellery and Rolex watch were still in the bedroom and a favourite red evening dress had been deliberately ripped. “Somebody set the scene for when I came home,” she said.

Mrs Gillingham urged Patricia Causley, who has never faced any charge in connection with the murder, to tell the police what she knows.

A spokesman for the Parole Board said it only had to be satisfied that there was a minimal risk of reoffending. “In coming to a judgement, we would take into account his attitude towards his offence. Whether he admits it and has cooperated with the authorities plays some part in that,” he said.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “We are hopeful that Russell Causley will one day tell us the location of Veronica's body, which has not been found.

“It may be that someone somewhere, perhaps several people, has been keeping information that could help the police to themselves for whatever reasons. That person, or people, may since have had a change of conscience or allegiance, and we would appeal to them to come forward in confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 01202 222222.