Tate was a 13-year-old newspaper delivery girl when she went missing
in Within Lane, in sight of her home village of Aylesbeare, east Devon.
It is thought she vanished from the lane shortly after 1530 BST on
Saturday, 19 August 1978.
that time on Wednesday 19th, 25 years later, Genette's mother Sheila
Cook and her husband Bob, walked hand in hand to the spot in the lane
where Genette's bike and newspapers were found by friends.
mother Sheila Cook has not visited the site for 24 years
"We felt we had to be here after 25 years," said Mrs Cook, who lives
near Bristol. "I know the police are working very hard to solve it,
they are making huge efforts."
It was Mrs Cook's first visit to the lane since the first anniversary
of Genette's disappearance. She said she had made the trip to Devon
to support her former husband, Genette's father John Tate, 61, who
had travelled from his home in Greece to mark the anniversary.
Earlier in the day, less than 100 yards from his then home village
of Aylesbeare, Devon, Mr Tate said: "I am much more enthusiastic the
police are going to find the answer to this."
Mr Tate, who uses a wheelchair and who now lives in Greece, said he
had been given new hope after Genette's DNA was found last year on
one of her jumpers kept by Sheila.
"I am very pleased with the way the police are dealing with it, and
they have up to 20 officers working on the case.
Lane where Genette's bike was found
"If they do find a body they will know within hours whether it is
Genette," he added.
Mr Tate said being back at the site of his daughter's disappearance
brought back "lots of memories and mixed emotions".
He said: "The big regret is not seeing her getting married. I would
have loved to have seen her coming down the aisle in a white gown.
"I would have loved to have had grandchildren as well."
Both parents believe their daughter is no longer alive.
Detective Superintendent Nigel Boulton, who was 16 when Genette Tate
disappeared, said the investigation would continue "as long as there
is something positive to inquire into".
Genette was 13 when she was last seen in Within Lane, near the village
of Aylesbeare, East Devon, on 19th August 1978.
Cook, Genette's mother, poses with her bike in 1988
She was delivering newspapers when she was seen by friends in the
lane, a few miles east of Exeter.
A few minutes later they came across her bicycle and newspapers lying
in the road but there was no sign of Genette.
Thousands of people turned out to search the countryside for the schoolgirl
but without success.
All the original police team members investigating the mystery have
now retired, and at one time a single officer was in charge of the
years, the Genette file has grown so large it is now kept in a 12
foot by 10 foot document cage at Devon and Cornwall Police headquarters.
of people turned out to search the countryside.
The mountain of paperwork includes more than 20,000 cards in a filing
now, with the advances in DNA and other forensic techniques, a team
of 20 officers is looking for the vital clue that could finally solve
Detective Superintendent Boulton took over the inquiry about 15 months
ago. He described as a "major breakthrough" the DNA profile of Genette
obtained about a year ago from an item of clothing kept by her mother
The genetic fingerprint now gives the Devon and Cornwall Police team
the potential to see whether it can find a match on items belonging
to suspects it investigates.
years the police investigation has focused on child killer Robert
Black, who in 1994 was sentenced to 10 life sentences for the abduction
and murder of three young girls, and the attempted abduction of a
investigations are being based on advances in DNA technology.
Black was interviewed by Devon and Cornwall detectives in 1996 and
1998 but denied abducting Genette.
Detective Superintendent Boulton said no decision had been made about
any further interview with Black. "There are other lines of inquiry
I am pursuing as well as those of a forensic nature," he said.