A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Essex: Do You Know Who Killed Jay?
It is six months since the murder of teenager Jay Whiston in Colchester and police say are still determined to bring to justice whoever is responsible.
The 17-year-old was stabbed in the heart and abdomen when a fight broke out at a party in Marlowe Way just after 10pm on September 8th, 2012.
He died a short time later in hospital.
In the last six months, a team of detectives investigating Jay’s murder have taken more than 400 statements, examined 72 mobile phones and submitted numerous exhibits for forensic examination.
DCI Simon Parkes is leading the investigation. He said: "We believe there were 190 people at the party and we’ve had significant support from many of them with this investigation.
"We've been through the witness accounts of what happened in the minutest of detail to reconstruct what happened. This is painstaking piece of work but it’s important that we get it right and we give it the time and dedication that it deserves.
"Jay's parents, Jay's sister and Jay's friends are understandably distraught that we're six months into the enquiry and people are yet to be charged. I really do understand the anger and frustration they must feel.
"There are people who know full well what happened, people who our suspects would have confided in, people who would have helped our suspects in some way, and it’s these people I would appeal to."
On February 21, 2013, two new Facebook adverts were launched in an effort to reach people living in the Colchester and Clacton areas who could have vital information.
"Anyone who has got any information can take confidence from those that have already helped us,"said DCI Parkes. "We have had significant support with this investigation. Lots of people have helped us so you won’t be alone. It’s really important that people come forward."
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