Five new people of interest identified in bid to solve 25-year-old murder of teenage girl in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 07:38 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:02 29 December 2017
Police have identified five new people of interest after re-launching an appeal over the 25-year-old murder of a teenage girl in Norwich.
Natalie Pearman, who had been working as a prostitute in Norwich’s red light district, was found dead by a lorry driver at Ringland Hills at 3.50am on Thursday, November 20, 1992.
The 16-year-old was last seen alive in Rouen Road, Norwich, at 1.15am on the same day.
A post mortem examination revealed she had died from asphyxiation.
After relaunching the bid to catch her killer in November, police have identified five men who they are now taking DNA samples from, to compare to those gathered from the scene all those years ago.
Police have interviewed more than 4,000 people and have carried out DNA profiling on more than 600, most in the last five or six years.
The case remains unsolved but police were “encouraged” by the initial response to the fresh appeal.
Norfolk’s chief constable Simon Bailey said: “The murder of Natalie Pearman is one of the most long-standing and outstanding cases that we’ve got and we’ve got a real opportunity to solve it so I would encourage anyone sitting on information to come forward.”
Mr Bailey said any bit of information anyone might have, no matter how small, could prove vital in helping to solve the case and getting justice for Natalie’s family.
Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, who leads the cold case team within the MIT, said: “Natalie’s murder is one of those cases that could be easily solved with one piece of information.
“There are people who know or strongly suspect who was responsible and I’m sure that plays heavily on their conscience. All we need is a name and we will do the rest, it is a simple matter of matching DNA. Natalie was little more than a child when she was murdered and her and her family deserve that this case is resolved.”
Anyone with information should call the cold case team on 01953 424538 or 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.