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Police rule out five new persons of interest in investigation into murder of teen 25 years ago

PUBLISHED: 09:38 28 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:09 28 January 2018

The scene after Natalie Pearman's body was found near Norwich.

The scene after Natalie Pearman's body was found near Norwich.


Police investigating the murder of a Norfolk teenager more than 25 years ago have ruled out five new persons of interest.

Natalie Pearman.Natalie Pearman.

Officers investigating the death of Natalie Pearman, 16, say that five men identified after a fresh appeal last year have now been ruled out as suspects, the BBC reports.

Natalie was found dead in a lay-by at Ringland, near Norwich, on November 20, 1992.

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Her body was found at 3.50am by a lorry driver on their way to work, and she was last seen alive at 1.15am on Rouen Road in the city centre.

Post-mortem tests found that Natalie, who had been working as a prostitute, had been suffocated and police said there were signs of sexual activity shortly before her death.

Detectives believe DNA from the scene could be crucial, and have said inquiries will continue.

The new appeal was launched in November, and the county’s chief constable Simon Bailey said he had been delighted with the response.

MORE: Police launch new bid to catch killer 25 years after discovery of body near Norwich

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