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UK MELANIE HALL: Missing from Bath nightclub in 1996, partial remains found 2009 - £50,000 reward

Discussion in 'Europe: Cold Cases' started by Lily, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    reward for Bath murder details
    Father Steve Hall says ‘life-changing’ sum is for information leading to conviction of person responsible for daughter’s murder


    Police are seeking crucial information about Melanie Hall’s activities on 9 June 1996.
    Monday 13 June 2016

    The parents of Melanie Hall, who vanished from a nightclub in Bath 20 years ago, have offered £50,000 of their own money for information leading to the conviction of the person or people who murdered their daughter.

    It is the first time the mother and father of the hospital worker, whose remains were found next to a motorway slipway in 2009, have put up a reward in the hope it may lead to the breakthrough they are desperate for.

    On Monday Melanie’s father, Steve Hall, said: “We believe we’re in touching distance of a significant breakthrough and feel it’s the right time to offer a substantial reward to encourage someone to come forward with information.

    “Someone may have been wavering over whether to provide information for a long time. This amount of money is life-changing and I hope it will provide the incentive for them to do the right thing. The loss of Melanie has been life-changing for us and we’ll never be the same people as we were before Melanie disappeared.

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    Lily Bronze Member

    Wiki entry on Melanie:

    Melanie Hall (20 August 1970 – disappeared 9 June 1996; declared legally dead 17 November 2004[1]) was a British hospital clerical officer from Bradford on Avon, who disappeared on 9 June 1996, following a night out at the Cadillacs nightclub in Bath. It was not until 5 October 2009 that her partial remains were discovered, after a plastic bin bag containing human bones was located by a workman on the M5 motorway near Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. The bones, which included a pelvis, thigh bone and skull, were analysed and identified as belonging to Melanie Hall on 7 October 2009. It was determined that Hall had suffered severe fractures to her skull and face, and had been tied up with rope, although a definitive cause of death could not be pinpointed.[2] Over the years, various people have been arrested but subsequently released.

    Hall had arranged to stay with her boyfriend Karlbaum on 8 June and her mother dropped her off at his home.[6] On the night of 8 June 1996 Hall went to Cadillacs nightclub in Bath with Karlbaum and another couple.[5] Hall was reported as having had an argument with Karlbaum, and he left the club "upset" after he allegedly saw her dancing with another man.[3] Hall was last seen sitting on a stool in the club at around 1.10am on 9 June 1996.[7][8] She was reported missing on 11 June 1996 by her parents after she failed to turn up for work.[6]

    On 5 October 2009, a motorway worker found a plastic bin bag containing bones while he was clearing a vegetation patch on a slip road at Junction 14 of the M5 motorway.[5] The bones in the bag included a skull, pelvis and thigh bone and further remains were found buried and spread around the field by the side of the motorway. Police confirmed that the remains were human, and they showed a piece of jewellery found at the site to Mr and Mrs Hall, who confirmed that it had belonged to their daughter.[11] Despite this, police refused to confirm that the body was that of Miss Hall until a post-mortem had been carried out.[12] The remains were formally identified as being Hall's through dental records on 7 October.[3][8] She had incurred severe blunt trauma to her head during her ordeal, resulting in a fractured skull, cheekbone and jaw. Hall had also been tied up with a thin blue rope.[2]

    Police have not ruled out links with the murder of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh (who disappeared in July 1986 and whose body has never been found) and the case of a serial sex attacker in Bath, nicknamed the "Batman rapist" after he left a baseball cap bearing a Batman logo at the scene of one attack.[27][28] The unknown assailant is known to have attempted to carjack a woman at knifepoint, leaving her wounded when she fought back and managed to escape, in the same area of the city a few hours before Hall was abducted.[29][30] In spring of 2011, police investigating the murders of Sian O'Callaghan and Becky Godden-Edwards (whose bodies were both found in Wiltshire) also began to look for a possible link between those murders and that of Melanie Hall.[31] It has also been suggested that there may be a link between Hall's murder and Levi Bellfield, who is serving life imprisonment with a whole life order for three murders committed between 2002 and 2004.[32]

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  3. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    This case has always reminded me of the Claremont murders... As it turns out, Melanie vanished on the very same day as Claremont victim Jane Rimmer, who was also last seen at a nightclub.

    Hopefully this reward will prompt somebody to come forward.
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    Lily Bronze Member

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