Retired policeman Peter Walmsley, who was the police community relations officer at the time, said: “It defies belief that it was someone who wasn’t local as it was such a secluded spot where she was found.

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“It was exceptionally cold that night and there was ice on the pond where she was found and it was surrounded by brambles.

“Someone had to know that place existed.”

He added: “Everything was against us: it was very foggy on the night in question and it was not as simple as a young girl going missing and being found dead in a pond. There were very, very few witnesses and after a month or so, we were just not going to get that breakthrough we needed.

“I’m very sorry that all the efforts I made and all the efforts made by everyone involved could not find out who did it. The investigating officers left no stone unturned, there was nothing else they could’ve done.

“It is one of my biggest regrets that after 21 years, we still have not found the person who did it. It would mean a tremendous lot for Johanna’s parents to find out who did it and perhaps why, then they will be able to settle it in their minds.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Norfolk police’s major investigation team on 101.

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