DETECTIVES have now ruled out any link been a serial killer and the mysterious disappearance of Llangollen antiques dealer Trevaline Evans.

But her brother says he will never give up hope of finding some clue to what happened to her.

Last September, North Wales Police told the Leader they would explore the possibility of a connection between Trevaline’s baffling disappearance at the age of 52 on June 16, 1990, and Robin Stanislaw Ligus.

The previous month, Ligus, 59, of Shrewsbury, was detained indefinitely in a secure mental hospital after a jury at Birmingham Crown Court found him responsible for the murders of two men in Shropshire in 1994 – one of which took place in Oswestry and the other in Whitchurch.

Ligus was already serving a life sentence for killing a Shrewsbury pensioner, also in 1994.

Last autumn, Det Insp Alun Oldfield said: “We will consider this man and review the information we have.

“We continue to review the Trevaline Evans case and would ask anyone with information to contact us.”

No trace of her has ever been found and the case remains open on the files of North Wales Police.

Trevaline’s younger brother, Len Davies, 69, who lives in Froncysyllte, says it is disappointing no link has been found with Ligus.

But he added: “The possibility of a connection was always a slim one but it encouraged the police to check it out and anything like that is welcome.

“It will be 22 years since Trevaline disappeared this summer and there has never been any clue to what happened to her.

“But we are always thinking about her and what might have happened to her.”

In September he told the Leader: “She just disappeared without trace and over the years there have never been any clues about what happened to her.

She had made no preparation for going anywhere, she didn’t take any money with her and no money was taken from her bank.

“There has never been any contact with any of her family that I know of.

“I am the only one left alive from her side of the family and I would love to find out what happened to her.”

Ligus, who had worked as a painter and decorator, was said in court to have boasted to a fellow inmate of Gartree Prison that he was a “natural born killer”.

The jury found he bludgeoned to death Ludlow antiques dealer Trevor Bradley, 53, whose body was found in a burned-out car at Melverley, near Oswestry in April 1994.

Ligus was also found responsible for the murder of 57-year-old Brian Coles during a burglary at his home at Higher Heath, near Whitchurch, in October 1994.

He was given a life sentence in 1996 for the murder of 75-year-old Robert Young in Shrewsbury in October 1994.

In September last year, following a ‘cold case’ review by West Mercia Police, he was charged with the two additional murders.

He was acquitted of involvement in the death of Bernard Czyzewska, whose body was found in the River Severn at Shrewsbury in November 1994.