Jane Andrews became the target of a major manhunt back in 2001 when she went on the run following the brutal murder of her boyfriend.

She was the former dresser to Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and her royal connections led police to ask Fergie for help.

The story is the subject of a new ITV documentary - Fergie's Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story - which airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.

Andrews had spent nine years working for the the Duchess, but had left the job three years before the murder.

The pair are said to have maintained a friendly relationship and kept in touch via birthday and Christmas cards.

However, Andrews was thrust into the limelight herself after her partner Thomas Cressman, 40, was found dead at his home in London in September 2000.

Sarah, Duchess of York with her dresser Jane Andrews
Sarah, Duchess of York, pictured front, with her dresser Jane Andrews, pictured back

He'd been battered with a cricket bat and stabbed through the chest, and police began searching for his girlfriend who had mysteriously vanished around the same time.

Andrews went missing on Saturday September 16 after calling into her work - at upmarket London jewellers Theo Fennell - to say she wouldn't be coming in.

Cressman's body was found on the Monday after a colleague entered the house using a spare set of keys.

Jane Andrews
Jane Andrews, pictured, was convicted of murdering her boyfriend
Thomas Cressman was murdered in 2000
Thomas Cressman, pictured, was attacked with a cricket bat and stabbed in the chest

After police launched a hunt for Andrews, they started contacting her friends, family and acquaintances to see if they could reach her on her mobile phone.

Fergie was among those contacted, and she agreed to ring Andrews. The royal left two voicemails for her former dresser urging her to get in touch with cops.

In one of the messages, Fergie reportedly told her: "You must come forward and help the police."

Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson
Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, pictured in 2009, left two voicemails for her former aide
Thomas Cressman, pictured right, with Jane Andrews, pictured left

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Andrews didn't return the calls, but instead sent a text message back - questioning why everyone was trying to contact her.

She's believed to have told the Duchess "everything was fine" when she left the house.

Andrews was eventually apprehended on the Wednesday of that week - five days after she first disappeared - after police spotted her in her car in Cornwall.

She was driving a white VW Polo, which had been seen parked in a lay-by, and the officers who attended scene reported she had been found in a "distressed" state.

They also suggested it looked as if she had been sleeping in the car.

The former royal aide was arrested and charged with the murder of her boyfriend.

She went to trial later that year and was found guilty, with a judge sentencing her to life in prison.

The Duchess of York gave a witness statement to police as part of the case, but it wasn't used during the trial.

After a jail break in 2009, Andrews was released from prison in 2015 after serving 14 years behind bars.

Three years later Andrews found herself back behind bars once again after being accused of breaching the terms of her release by harassing a married man.

The claims were investigated but no further action was taken and Andrews was freed again in 2019.

Fergie’s Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.