The search for Johanna Young’s killer must go on – that was the message from police chiefs as they aim to give the teenager’s parents closure 21 years on.

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To this day, her killer has never been found, but police believe someone must know something about what happened that night.

Unsolved case review manager and retired detective Tony Deacon said: “I know that the investigating officers did their best to bring closure to it – and although it’s brought some frustration that we can’t find that vital piece of information to bring it to a close, I feel determined that we must keep cracking on and see if we can finally find out who did it.

“There must be someone in that town who knows what occurred that night and they need to look at themselves very seriously and they need to come forward and help us with it and we will deal with it appropriately.”

Det Insp Marie James, who is leading the inquiry into the unsolved case, added: “Twenty-one years on, the family are still very distraught and distressed. It doesn’t seem to them 21 years ago. They know someone has the answers and we want that person to come forward and help solve this mystery.”

At the time, some 40 to 50 investigating officers were involved in trying to solve the crime which happened just one month after the body of Natalie Pearman, a 16-year-old prostitute, was found dumped at Ringland Hills.

A number of local men were questioned, but no one was ever charged in connection with Johanna’s death.

Police believe she went voluntarily with her killer to the spot where she was killed. During the inquest, it emerged another person may have been involved in carrying her body from where she received the blow on the head to the pit where she was dumped.

Her underwear was found 200 yards from where her shoes were found, and her body a further 200 yards away in the water-filled pit.

A pair of jeans mysteriously turned up near the scene four weeks later.

Police have always believed it must have been someone local who committed the crime due to the secluded location, which was known as an area where youngsters went with their motorbikes.




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