Sharon Crossthwaite was the daughter of Beryl and Ronnie Crossthwaite, born in 1955. Beryl was a distant cousin of Annie Sugden. During the sheepdog trials in 1973, 18 year old Sharon was followed by Jim Latimer who tried to attack her but was stopped by a homeless man, Ian "Trash" McIntyre, a friend of Jack Sugden. Jack let Trash stay with him but the police treated Trash as a suspect in Sharon's disappearance as he had some of her belongings. Trash later fell to his death out of a window at Mill Cottage and Sharon's body is discovered shortly afterwards. Jim was later arrested and charged with Sharon's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In July 1980, 7 years after her murder, Sharon was the topic of conversation in the village again when Paul Hilleley was writing a book about murders in the Yorkshire Dales. Jim Latimer had served almost 8 years in prison and could be eligible for parole but this was never granted. Paul was forced out of the village for spreading idle gossip about Sharon's murder.

Sharon was mentioned numerous times in December 1991 when Jim kidnapped Sarah Connolly.

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