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Colchester: Police Distribute Leaflets Over Murder Probe
Police are going to be handing out leaflets in part of Colchester today (Saturday March 30th) as they continue to investigate the murder of Jay Whiston.
The teenager was stabbed at a house party on Marlowe Way in the town last September. The 17-year-old boy from Clacton died a short time later in hospital. A provisional post-mortem examination result showed that he died from a stab wound.
Although a number of knives have been recovered from the local area, police do not believe any of them to be the murder weapon.
Therefore officers are going to be in and around the Lexden area handing out flyers to residents who may be planning to take advantage of the long weekend by tending to their garden.
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Anne Cameron, said: "This is very much an ongoing, live investigation and we are still collating evidence and obtaining statements from various witnesses.
"We are still though missing the murder weapon which is why we're making another concerted effort to find it with the help of Colchester residents.
"Should they find a knife in their garden, then they should leave it in situ and contact us.
"We'll then forensically retrieve it and ascertain whether it is connected with Jay's death.
"Jay's parents and, indeed, his whole family are still coming to terms with their loss nearly seven months on.
"They want justice for Jay as do we; we need to know who murdered him and why."
Seven people from Colchester are currently on police bail until May after having been arrested in connection with this murder investigation.
Anyone with information in connection with this death is urged to contact detectives at Colchester's Major Investigation Team on 101, email them on SCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.ukor call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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