Death of schoolgirl Johanna Young will be explored in new podcast

PUBLISHED: 11:10 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 24 September 2018

Who killed Johanna Young remains a mystery 26 years later. Photo: Steve Adams

Who killed Johanna Young remains a mystery 26 years later. Photo: Steve Adams

One of Norfolk’s biggest ever murder cases will be re-examined in a new podcast this autumn.

Johanna Young's headstone inside the grounds of Watton Cemetery. Picture: Ian BurtJohanna Young's headstone inside the grounds of Watton Cemetery. Picture: Ian Burt

The podcast, called Unfinished, will explore historic killings in East Anglia which remain unsolved.

It will start by looking at the death of 14-year-old schoolgirl Johanna Young in Watton in December 1992.

The teenager’s partially-clothed body was found floating face down in a pond near Wayland Wood on Boxing Day evening, about a mile from her home.

She had gone missing three days earlier.

Johanna had a fractured skull and was unconscious, but still alive when put in to the freezing water. She died from drowning.

Despite police launching what was then Norfolk’s biggest ever murder inquiry, nobody has ever been charged with her death and police are still investigating the case today.

Her family and friends have been waiting for answers ever since.

Arrests were made at the time and most recently in 2014 when two men were quizzed but later let go without charge.

Johanna Young coverage from the Eastern Daily Press in 1992.Johanna Young coverage from the Eastern Daily Press in 1992.

The podcast is being created and produced by journalist Tom Bristow, investigations editor for Archant, which publishes this newspaper.

Mr Bristow said: “After 26 years the memories of some of those who remember Johanna and the case has faded, so I want to get audio recordings of what people do remember from that time before memories fade further.

“I’ve started interviewing people and I’ve already stumbled across some very interesting things.”

Johanna’s death received lots of national attention at the time and has been the subject of re-appeals on anniversaries of the crime ever since.

Johanna Young's last movementsJohanna Young's last movements

But Mr Bristow said he was hoping to reach a new audience with the podcast.

“Podcasts give the opportunity to tell stories in great depth and in a way which you just can’t do in newspapers or online.

“This case has not been told in great detail since the early 90s so I think it is high time it was explored again.”

The podcast will be available to download from iTunes and this website later this autumn.

•If you would like to share your memories of the case or be part of the podcast email or call 01603 772834.

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