Fresh clues in Melanie Hall murder could lead to killer
Detectives investigating the murder of Melanie Hall are forensically scouring a white convertible car that might be the best lead uncovered yet in the long hunt for her killer.
Bath hospital worker Melanie went missing 17 years ago in a crime that shocked the nation.
The 25-year-old’s body was found dumped by the side of the M5 in Gloucestershire in 2009, but her killer has never been found.
However, detectives – who have never given up hope of solving the case and providing justice for Melanie – say recent developments that are “significant and very interesting” could provide the key to finding the murderer.
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Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour, who has been leading the investigation since Melanie’s remains were discovered, said they now had detailed information about the blue rope used to tie up her body and a car which may be connected to the case.
Her family have been kept informed of the developments and describe the news of the discovery of the A-reg MkI Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet – which would have been built in about 1983 – as ‘positive’.
Police have not said what it is that makes the car suspicious.
Mr Courtiour said police were still actively investigating the murder and continuing to uncover vital evidence which should lead to the person or people responsible.
“Over the past four years we’ve received information, intelligence and names that we’ve taken seriously, researched and thoroughly investigated,” he said.
Regarding the rope breakthrough, he said: “It’s significant information and we’re actively working on that line of inquiry. We’re working with forensic scientists in relation to the rope and the circumstances of where that particular length of rope came from.”
He said they had recently found and recovered a car that may be relevant to events in 1996 when Melanie disappeared. The white A-registered Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet is being examined by forensic scientists.
The detective said: “At this stage we don’t know if it’s connected with the case, but it’s a very interesting and possibly significant line of inquiry.
“If anyone has any information about the circumstances of Melanie’s disappearance and her murder or can connect that car to what happened to her in 1996, please contact us and tell us what you know.”
Melanie’s family have welcomed the fresh appeal and have issued another plea to anyone who knows anything about her murder, including those who may have been involved, to come forward.
Her parents Steve and Pat, who live in Bradford Leigh, near Bradford on Avon, in Wiltshire, and sister Dominique believe the police will solve the case.
Mr Hall said: “It seems that the bits of the jigsaw are being put together and each day the police are getting closer to finding out what happened to Melanie. And of all those bits of evidence, this may be the stage where they find that final piece of the jigsaw.”
Melanie disappeared from Cadillacs nightclub, in Walcot Street, in the early hours of June 9, 1996. Her remains were found 13 years later, next to junction 14 of the M5.
A post-mortem showed she had suffered head injuries and her body was wrapped in black bin bags and tied with blue rope. Anyone with information can call, police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.