Man Bailed Over 1965 Murder of Wakefield Schoolgirl
28 September 2016, 18:34
A 78-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of the murder of a schoolgirl who was killed in Wakefield more than 50 years ago, has been bailed.
14 year old Elsie Frost, was attacked from behind and stabbed in the back and head as she walked through a railway tunnel just off a canal towpath in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in October 1965.
The man, who was arrested yesterday (27 September) in Newbury, Berkshire, has been bailed back into secure custody.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said:
"We have now bailed a man arrested yesterday, pending further enquiries. Our investigations into Elsie's murder remain very much ongoing."
UPDATED Tuesday 27th September 2016
A 78-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a schoolgirl who was killed more than 50 years ago.
Elsie Frost, 14, was attacked from behind and stabbed in the back and head as she walked through a railway tunnel just off a canal towpath in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in October 1965.
Police renewed efforts to find her killer last year with refreshed publicity five decades on from her death, and received new information.
The suspect was arrested in Berkshire and is being held at a police station in the Thames Valley where he will be questioned by officers from West Yorkshire.
Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen said: "A reinvestigation into Elsie's murder was launched in 2015 by West Yorkshire Police, backed by a publicity campaign on the 50th anniversary of her death.
"Since then we have received significant numbers of calls and emails from members of the public offering new information, and have generated new lines of inquiry which officers have been progressing ever since.
"Following those inquiries we have now arrested a 78-year-old man in the Berkshire area and will be interviewing him under caution to progress our investigation.''
A major inquiry was launched after Elsie's body was found at the bottom of a flight of steps by a dog walker, and hundreds of people were interviewed but her killer has evaded justice ever since.
Mr Wallen added: "Elsie's brother and sister have been kept fully apprised of the progress of the inquiry and I wish to commend them for their perseverance and that of members of the media in continuing to campaign for her and to put this case back in the public domain.
"The response we have received from the public since launching the re-investigation is a testament to their dedication and to the strength of feeling Elsie's murder continues to generate in the local community in Wakefield.''