Police search for second car in Melanie Hall murder
Updated 3:13pm Saturday 22nd March 2014 in News By Alexandra Womack, senior reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury
POLICE investigating the murder of Melanie Hall have issued a new appeal for information about a second car they believe may be important to their inquiry.
On BBC Crimewatch on Thursday night, officers revealed they want to talk to anyone who owned or had in their possession, however briefly, a white VW Golf GTi hardtop, registration number C752 CYE, between the beginning of April 1996 to August 7 1996 when the car was once again registered with the DVLA.
They are particularly keen to talk to anyone to may have owned the Golf, or have information about its whereabouts during that time, with connections to Cardiff and the Pentwyn area, a district north-east of the city centre. It is believed they may have crucial information that could help the investigation.
Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour, leading the Operation Denmark murder inquiry, said: “We are very interested in this car and its possible connection to Melanie’s disappearance, and we are appealing for anyone with knowledge of it to contact us, even after all these years.”
Melanie Hall was 25 when she disappeared from Cadillacs nightclub in Bath on June 9, 1996. Her body was found four years ago in undergrowth on the slip road at Junction 14 of the M5 near Falfield in South Gloucestershire.
In October 2013, murder detectives asked for information about another white VW Golf GTi, a soft-top Cabriolet that they had recovered. Det Supt Courtiour said his team was still investigating whether that car is relevant to the inquiry. They are also still carrying out forensic tests on blue rope they have recovered, similar to that used to bind Melanie’s body.
Det Supt Courtiour said: “Our work into Melanie’s murder remains very much active and positive. We are following up a number of leads, of which this missing Golf GTi could be very important.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 and ask for the Operation Denmark incident room, or ring the incident room direct on 01179 455 808. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A 44-year-old Bath man has been arrested on suspicion of Melanie’s murder and has been bailed until April pending further inquiries.
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