Johanna Young murder: Watton man released without charge

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
11:15 AM

A man arrested in connection with the death of a murdered Watton school girl has been released without charge.

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Johanna Young, 14, disappeared from her family home on 23 December 1992. Three days later she was found dead face down in a water pit.

Her killer was never caught. But after detectives re-opened the cold case in December two men – one in his 30s and from the Thetford area and one man in his 40s and from the Watton area – were arrested as part of the inquiry.

The Thetford man was arrested after fresh information came to light about the cold case following a high-profile renewed appeal by the parents of the teenager. He was released from bail and will have no further action taken against him.

Now the police’s interest in the second man, from Watton, has ended as it was confirmed he was released without charge.

But former senior detective and a case manager for the enquiry, Tony Deacon, said he is still confident Johanna’s killer can be found.

“People are still coming forward,” he said. “We have had an excellent response from the public, the best we have ever had from a cold case.

“We have been able to look at key individuals, and that’s helping us to review the evidence around them.”

A post-mortem examination showed Johanna had died from drowning and a fractured skull.

Anyone who has any information for the police about the inquiry should call 101.

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