New 'significant' information emerges in Melanie Hall murder investigation
12:02pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a Bath woman, whose remains were found near Falfield four years ago, have received recent intelligence which they described as "significant and very interesting."
Melanie Hall, a 25-year-old hospital worker, was last seen at the Cadillacs nightclub, in Walcot Street, Bath on June 9, 1996.
Her remains were discovered 13 years later in a bag by a workman clearing vegetation on the sliproad at junction 14 on October 5, 2009.
Det Supt Mike Courtiour, leading the murder inquiry, said police had recently received a ‘significant’ lead on the origin of a blue rope used, he said, to tie up Melanie’s body and found a car, which may be connected to the case.
"Over the past four years we have received information, intelligence and names that we have taken seriously, researched and thoroughly investigated,” he said.
"We have recently received information concerning the origin of the blue rope that was used to tie up Melanie's body.
“It is significant information and we are actively working on that line of inquiry. We are working with forensic scientists in relation to the rope and the circumstances of where that particular length of rope came from.
“Also, we have recently found and recovered a car that may be relevant to events in 1996 when Melanie disappeared.
"It is a white A-registered Mark 1 Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet which is currently being examined by forensic scientists. At this stage we do not know if it is connected with the case, but it is a very interesting and possibly significant line of inquiry.”
He added: “Bringing Melanie Hall's killer or killers to justice remains one of our highest priorities.
"On this fourth anniversary of the discovery of her body, I can stress that the investigation is very much active. It has been, and continues to be, one of the most detailed and thorough murder investigations in the force's history."
Melanie's elder sister Dominique urged eyewitnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
“We have always been hopeful that someone would be brought to justice and that we would find out the details of what happened to Melanie,” she said. “It won't make the future any different – there will never be closure for our family. But it would be a great consolation if someone would search their conscience and come forward to police with that vital information we need."
Melanie's father Steve Hall added: "This is very positive news. Gradually the pieces of the jigsaw are being put together to bring Melanie's killer or killers to justice. We always knew it would take a long time, but these new developments appear very encouraging. It's time for whoever has information about Melanie's murder to come forward and bring this to an end – because it will come to an end eventually. The police won't give up until they get a result."
A post-mortem of Melanie’s remains showed that she had severe head injuries. Her body was wrapped in black bin bags and tied with blue rope before being left in vegetation alongside the sliproad.
Anyone with information about the circumstances of Melanie's disappearance and her alleged murder should contact, in confidence, the Murder Incident Room on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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