Susan Davis was a pupil at Codrington Boarding School. In September 1991, she greeted her friend Vicky Arden when her grandparents Alec and Bet Gilroy dropped her off at the start of the new term. Susan and Vicky were then sent off to unpack by the headmistress, Dr Carr, so that she could have a private chat with the Gilroys.

Susan was also there when Vicky saw her grandparents off. Keen for Vicky to forge useful friendships at the school, Alec asked Susan twice what her father did for a living, only for Bet to snappily cut him off both times.

Vicky was due to spend Christmas 1991 abroad with Susan and her family but cancelled when Susan went down with measles and the holiday was called off.