New calls in 10-year-old Norwich murder inquiry

The detective leading the investigation into the murder of a Norwich prostitute who disappeared from the city 10 years ago has revealed officers have received new calls in the case.

Michelle Bettles, pictured, 22, was last seen during the early hours of Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29, 2002. On the Sunday morning of that Easter weekend, the mother-of-three's body was found about 20 miles from Norwich's red light district, in woodland by the side of a country track in Scarning, near Dereham. She had been strangled.

Last month the Evening News issued a fresh appeal for information into the case. Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry said the 'significant press coverage' generated calls, some of which were new.

He said: 'We definitely had a few new calls. Some of the people that have contacted us have previously contacted us but were unsure as to the outcome.'

The information is being checked against the database to see whether it is new information or not and to asses whether any further action is required.

Det Chf Insp Fry said he was pleased with the reaction the anniversary appeal has had. He said: 'It's raised the profile and its raised the issue within people's minds and was just the right time to test old allegiances and see whether people's confidences have changed over time.'

Information to police on 101, email, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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