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1 July 2014, 16:18
Detectives have appealed for information about four individuals seen on the Sandy Brook Trail.
They were seen on the morning of 17th June, in the hour leading up to the time that Nahid Almanea was discovered.
The Saudi student was stabbed 16 times as she walked towards Essex University Campus.
The following people, who were seen between 10am and 10.40am on the Sandy Brook Trail, are being urged to contact police:
- A white woman in her early 20s with light brown hair, around 5ft 7 and wearing a summer dress and denim jacket
- A white man aged between 19-23 with blonde hair, thought to be English, wearing a backpack and white headphones, looks like a student
- A white man, also thought to be a student, with dark short hair and light trousers and using a phone as he walked along the trail
- A black man, wearing a forward facing-cap and a backpack, described as wearing a dark blue and yellow striped polo shirt
Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron, who is leading the investigation into Nahid's murder has released this statement:
"We are making progress with our investigation into the death of Nahid Almanea. Each time we issue an appeal we get many calls into our incident room and which is helping us to build up a more detailed picture of those who were on or near the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester at the time of her murder.
"Two weeks on, my officers have been back to the area near the Salary Brook Trail and to the University of Essex to talk to people who may have been in the area. The information being given to officers will help to piece together some vital details that will help us to find the person or people responsible for her death.
"Following on from the appeals I made yesterday, I have some more people that I’m looking to try and identify today who were on the Salary Brook Trail between 10am and 10.40am on Tuesday, June 17.
"If you can help us with any information about these people, if you know who they are or if you think it could be you please call us on 01245 282103 now.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Nahid Almanea."