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UK LISA HESSION: 14 year old murdered in Leigh, Greater Manchester - 1984

Discussion in 'Europe: Cold Cases' started by Lily, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member


    14 year old Lisa Hession, attacked, sexually assaulted and strangled to death on Saturday December 8th 1984, as she walked home alone, from a party. Her body was discovered just before midnight in Rugby Road, Leigh, 200 yards from the family home. Her mother, Christine, reported her missing when she failed to reach the family home, but within a very short space of time, she received a call from Police to make her way to Leigh Infirmary. It was there that Mrs Hession had the awful responsibility of formally identifying her deceased daughter. Police reported that some of her clothes were disturbed, suggesting a sexual motive, she had a black mark around her neck, suggesting some kind of ligature, and that she had a black eye, meaning the assailant struck her first before carrying out his murderous assault. Police launched a huge manhunt but eventually it ran cold, being given sporadic reviews, but in 2011, Police believed they might be on the verge of a breakthrough. Thanks to advances in DNA technology, they were now swabbing men throughout the Leigh area, so it was clear that they were able to get DNA traces from Lisa, and hopefully get a match. As of 2016, Lisa’s mum Christine Hession has died, and still no one has been charged with her daughter’s murder

  2. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member


    We can reveal today that officers have started swabbing men in Leigh for DNA samples to help with the investigation.

    Martin Bottomley, head of Greater Manchester Police’s cold case unit, said: “This is one of the cases we won’t let go of.

    We are out in the community swabbing people and this is an on-going process.

    This is an active investigation."

    "You don’t think this sort of thing is ever going to happen to you.” Christine, speaking from her home 27 years after the horrific murder, said she is still no wiser about who killed her child.

    But she said: “I think it’s someone who lives in this town and I think someone knows who it is and is shielding them. I don’t know how they could do that.” Christine, 64, added: “I still think about her every day. I don’t cry as much any more and the pain isn’t quite so bad.

    “The first five years were the worst. Every year, it gets a little bit easier. I still miss her. I’ll never forget her. Other people forget, but you never do.”



    Cold case detectives today launched a new appeal for help, saying that they would never give up their quest for justice for both Lisa and her mum Christine, now 67. And they are not ruling out a link between the case and three sex attacks on young women in the south Leigh area in the weeks before the youngster died. They suddenly stopped after the tragedy.

    Read more at: http://www.wigantoday.net/news/loca...ther-s-plea-for-justice-30-years-on-1-6993220

    Sadly, Lisa's mum Christine passed away in June this year. She never did give up.
  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    What a heartbreaker! I'm glad they keep looking. I wonder if the UK has a CODIS system?
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  4. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    yeah we have NDNAD
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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police put up £50,000 reward to catch cold case killer of teen Lisa Hession

    Detectives are offering a £50,000 reward to catch a man who strangled a 14-year-old schoolgirl to death 34 years ago.

    Lisa Hession was walking home from a friend’s party when she was attacked on December 8, 1984.

    One person was arrested for the murder, but he was bailed and no further action was taken against him.

    The man died in 2005, though he “remains of interest” to officers.

    Police hope the reward will bring forward new information which, along with advances in forensic techniques, could finally nail the young girl’s killer.

    Head of Greater Manchester Police’s Cold Case Unit Martin Bottomley said: “Someone out there knows who murdered Lisa, I am convinced of that.

    “Forensic techniques are improving all the time and we need that someone to give us a name, which can eliminate suspicions or lead us to the killer.

    “We owe it to Lisa’s memory and her late mum, to ensure justice is done and no one else comes to harm.

    “We will not give up on this investigation.

  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Horrific murder cold case reviewed 35 years after teen strangled yards from home

    A horrific murder cold case is being reviewed 35 years after a 14-year-old schoolgirl was strangled yards from her home.

    Now, more than three decades on, Officers from Greater Manchester Police's Cold Case unit have been interviewing witnesses as part of a review of the case, reports the Manchester Evening News (MEN).

    In 2017, the MEN revealed in the three decades since the killing just one person has been arrested on suspicion of Lisa’s murder - and he is now dead.

    The suspect was interviewed within days of her death. He was released on bail and no action was taken against him. He died in 2005.

    Partial DNA was recovered from the scene. In 2011, with advances in technology, men in Leigh and Wigan were swabbed. But no match was found.

    A reasonable conclusion is that the killer is dead or has never been in trouble since.

    Head of GMP’s Cold Case Unit, Martin Bottomley, said: “This case has been subject to a number of reviews since 1984.

    “The reviews have concentrated on using advances in forensic techniques and investigating all information provided to GMP by members of the public.

    “Sadly, the case still remains undetected, but will always be open until Lisa’s killer is brought to justice and any information received will be followed up appropriately.

    “If anyone has any information that may assist the police with their investigation please ring the Cold Case Review Unit on 0161 856 5978.”


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