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Major boost in Melanie Hall murder investigation
The father of Melanie Hall has spoken of his ‘optimism’ after detectives investigating her murder have revealed they now have crucial new information.
On the fourth anniversary of the discovery of Melanie's remains, detectives with the Avon and Somerset force say they have received recent intelligence, described as "significant and very interesting" and which could prove key to unlocking the 17-year mystery surrounding the 25-year-old's death.
Hospital worker Miss Hall, 25, disappeared from Cadillacs in Walcot Street, Bath in June 1996.
Her body was discovered wrapped in black bin bags and tied with blue rope by the side of the M5 in October 2009 and a post-mortem examination showed that the psychology graduate had severe head injuries.
Forensic scientists are now examining a white A-registered Mark 1 Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet and detectives are working with them after also receiving "significant information" on the origins of the blue rope.
Her father Steve, 69, of Leigh Grove, Bradford Leigh, said: “The finding of the car is a pretty big piece of information. Although we don’t know the circumstances relating to, it provides a major boost in the investigation.
“I am optimistic it will come to a successful conclusion.
“The public have been very supportive but there has been a wall of silence from those who are immediately connected to it.
"For some reason that silence has been broken and that can lead to a domino effect to a number of people involved. It is in their interest to come forward and tell us what they know about the situation.”
Det Supt Mike Courtiour, leading the murder inquiry, said: "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, 45, from Kent, said the family had always been hopeful that someone would be brought to justice and that they 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."
Anyone with information can police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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