Murder appeal generated fresh leads for detectives

PUBLISHED: 12:38 12 February 2013



The detective hoping to solve the murder of a Norwich teenager dating back more than two decades said an anniversary appeal had generated about 30 different calls to police from people offering information.

Last November marked the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the body of Natalie Pearman at Ringland Hills on the outskirts of Norwich. The 16-year-old had been working as a prostitute in the city’s red light district and was last seen a few hours before her body was discovered by a lorry driver in a layby at Ringland Road at 3.50am on November 20, 1992.

Her heartbroken mother Lin, 67, a mother of five, grandmother of two and step-grandmother of two, who lives in north Norfolk, bravely decided to speak out on the eve of the anniversary to try to help find out who killed her daughter.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Guy, who leads the cold case team within the major investigation team at Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary, said the appeal resulted in about 30 different calls.

He added: “We were given some new names which we’ve looked at, we were given some old information that we already knew and some information which was not relevant but, of course, people didn’t know it wasn’t relevant.

“We’ve looked at all these things and there’s nothing that takes us any further forward.

“However, there are still some lines of inquiry we’re looking at.”

DNA samples were still being looked at after being collected as a result of information generated by the re-appeal, which Det Ch Insp Guy described in November as being “encouraging”.

Det Ch Insp Guy has reiterated his appeal to anyone who knows anything, or thinks they might know something, about Natalie’s murder to contact him or the police.

He said: “We would always act on any information received by the public.”

Anyone with information about the Natalie Pearman case should contact the cold case team at Norfolk Constabulary on 01953 424520 or 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Have you got a crime story? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email

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