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14 December 2011, 06:12
A new 4 thousand pound reward is being offered to help find who killed a 16 year old near Norwich nearly 20 years ago.
The independent charity, Crimestoppers, is offering a reward of up to £4,000 for crucial information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Natalie Pearman.
At 3:50am on Thursday 20 November 1992 a lorry driver en route to work discovered the body of the 16 year old in a lay-by at Ringland Road on the outskirts of Norwich. She was last sighted alive in Rouen Road at 1:15am the same day as she was discovered.
The location where Natalie's body was found is some 5 miles away from the area she had been working as a prostitute in the red light area of the district. A post-mortem examination revealed that she been suffocated.
Crimestoppers is urging any members of the public with information to come forward by calling 0800 555 111 – the 24 hour anonymous phone line run by the charity – or by submitting an online secure form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers says, “This murder has robbed a family of their young daughter and they are still searching for answers 19 years on. Please come forward to the independent charity Crimestoppers so this awful crime can be solved. We never ask for your name, no call is recorded and we do not trace IP addresses or calls. You won’t have to speak with Police, give a statement or to go to court – we only want to know what you know, not who you are. In the 23 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our anonymity promise and never identified anyone.”
In particular, Crimestoppers would like to hear from a caller who recently told police that they may have seen Natalie get into a car in King Street, Norwich. They would also like to hear from anyone who was working in or visiting the red light district area that night and may have information.
Detective Inspector Jes Fry, who is leading on this investigation, says “We urge this particular caller to ring back – we will treat their information confidentially and they do not have to give their personal details if they do not wish. I would also like the opportunity for my staff to ask them some specific questions. Their information could be vital to solving this crime. Alternatively, if they do not wish to speak with police they can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously. They could give any information they have by making one phone call or submitting an online secure form without giving any details about themselves”.
Crimestoppers hopes that information given to the charity will lead to an arrest and conviction, helping this family to move on. The reward of up to £4000 can only be claimed by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and asking for a reference number. Information can also be given online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org but rewards cannot be claimed if giving information via the online form. Only information given to Crimestoppers is eligible for a reward.