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UK KATE BUSHELL: Exwick schoolgirl, 14, murdered while walking neighbor's dog - 1997

Discussion in 'Europe: Cold Cases' started by Ladyslug, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    Viable lines of enquiry thanks to public
    Devon and Cornwall Police are pursuing a number of viable lines of enquiry into the 1997 murder of Exwick schoolgirl Kate Bushell thanks to the public.

    Yesterday [6 November] the Force launched a major public appeal for information for the 20thanniversary of Kate’s murder as part of an investigative review into her death.

    Since 6am yesterday almost 100 calls and messages have been received by the investigation team via the incident room and online police portal. There has been huge interest on social media from the public with more than 60,000 views for the public appeal films.

    The Exwick neighbourhood policing team is conducting patrols in the Exwick area all week and the response from the local community has been extremely supportive, with people keen to assist with the investigation.

    Senior Investigating Officer Paul Burgan said: “The response and the interest from the public has been fantastic so far and we are thankful for that. As a result a number of viable lines of enquiry are being progressed by members of the Major Crime Team.


  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Kate Bushell was 14 when her throat was slashed as she walked her neighbour's dog along a quiet country lane 300 yards from her home.

    The killing, which took place on a Saturday afternoon in November 1997, shocked the nation due to its severity and apparent randomness.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...rement-Kate-Bushell-killer.html#ixzz4xlmLlUfA

    Wow! I sure do hope the tips lead to an arrest!
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  3. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    According to twitter they've had lots of tips and are now looking into them
    So hopefully they will finally find her killer
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  4. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Kate Bushell murder remains unsolved despite 20th anniversary appeal

    The murder of a teenager more than 20 years ago remains unsolved after all new leads generated by an anniversary appeal were exhausted.

    Kate Bushell, 14, had her throat cut during an attack in a field just 300 yards from her home in Exeter, Devon, on November 15 1997.

    An appeal last year generated 10 new leads and this week detectives finished a fresh review into the schoolgirl’s murder.

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  5. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    “We found a number, probably in excess of 100, orange fibres on Kate’s clothing and on her body, which we believe were deposited there by the offender through an item of clothing he may have been wearing at the time.

    “That clothing was a bright polyester and cotton mix, predominantly used in workwear such as aprons, boiler suits, work gloves.

    “Did anybody know an individual who had access to that type of clothing that could have been in Exwick that evening?”


    Retired detective superintendent Paul Burgan holds a kitchen knife which is believed to be similar to the weapon used to murder Kate Bushell in 1997 (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

    Cops are calling on people to come forward with critical information that they may have withheld at the time, either due to misplaced or divided loyalty, intimidation, or duress, or simply not thought relevant over the years.

    They still hope to trace a man seen in a blue car near the lane and a man who was seen running from the field where Kate was found.

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  6. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Detectives also had reported sightings of several persons of interest to the enquiry. Most promisingly, they learned that a possibly bloodstained man had been spotted fleeing the scene at around the time Kate was murdered. He was described as being 5’10” to 5’11” tall, aged between 30 to 35 years old, of medium build with brown hair and a short moustache. He was reported to have been wearing jeans, muddy trainers and a blue sweatshirt with red marks on the front, which could have been blood.

    Also reported by at least 3 different women was a “weirdo” who had jumped out from bushes at them in the weeks leading up to Kate’s murder, and in the same general area. The witnesses described a scruffy man in his late 30s or 40s with unkempt salt and pepper hair, unshaven, of thick set build and wearing a brown check overcoat and black boots. The possibility that someone had been living rough in the area was suggested and examined, although this line of enquiry did not lead to any breakthroughs.

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