FORENSIC LINGUISTICS INSTITUTE
Forensic Linguistics Testimonial
Dr Olsson awarded Chief Constable's Commendation
Samantha Eastwood, a midwife at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, was last seen on the morning of Friday 27 July 2018. The next day her family received a number of texts from her phone saying she had met someone and wanted to be left alone. Dr John Olsson was called in by Staffordshire Police and within hours he identified Michael Stirling as the author of the messages. Stirling was followed by undercover officers and unwittingly led them to the area where he had buried his victim. The body was recovered and Stirling was arrested the following day. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
As a result of his work on this tragic murder, Dr Olsson was awarded a Commendation by the Chief Constable Gareth Morgan of Staffordshire Police at a ceremony in June 2019.
Dr. John Olsson
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