THE killer of schoolgirl Danielle Jones could be out on parole within three years if a new law is not passed.

Stuart Campbell abducted and murdered his 15-year-old niece 18 years ago, but has never revealed where he hid her body.

Danielle’s family, from East Tilbury, have since campaigned for “Helen’s Law” to block parole for killers who conceal the whereabouts of their victims’ bodies.

This was a law put forward by Marie McCourt, the mother of murdered Helen McCourt from Merseyside whose body has never been found since her death in 1988, aged 22.

It was set to be adopted by the Government in England and Wales. However, Parliament’s dissolution for the General Election in December meant the bill has been cancelled for now.

Since then Helen’s killer, Ian Simms, has been recommended for parole despite not revealing where her body is.

Campbell is due to be eligible for parole in 2022, and there are fears that if Helen’s Law is not passed before then, he could be released without ever sharing the location of Danielle’s body.

Danielle went missing on June 18, 2001 as she left home for school in East Tilbury.

After failing to arrive that morning, the school informed Danielle’s mother Linda that she was absent.

As it became apparent that Danielle had not simply taken a day off but that something much more sinister had occurred, a missing person investigation was opened.

Eyewitness reported seeing a schoolgirl arguing with a man near to Danielle’s home, with further reports suggesting the man she was seen with owned a blue van.

After Danielle had been reported as missing, police turned their focus to the blue van, leading them to her uncle, Stuart Campbell.

When they searched his house, detectives found a pair of white stockings, stained with blood. Subsequent DNA tests showed a match for both Danielle and Campbell.

Campbell was found guilty by unanimous verdict and later sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in jail, with a further sentence of ten years for abduction.