Murder of Victoria Hall 19/09/1999 reopened
The Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team are investigating the circumstances around the murder of Victoria Hall on 19th September 1999
Details of Incident
Victoria Hall, aged 17 years old, was abducted from the area of Faulkeners Way in Trimley St Mary, Felixstowe during the early hours of Sunday 19th September 1999. Five days later, on Friday 24th September 1999, her body was found in a ditch in Creeting St Peter, approximately 25 miles from where she had last been seen. A murder inquiry was then launched under Operation Avon and on the 21st anniversary of the day Victoria was last seen alive Suffolk Constabulary are appealing for anyone who was walking or driving in Trimley St Mary 2am-4am 19th September 1999 or who have any information that would assist the invstigation to come forward.
Since the investigation became live again last year, the inquiry team have made significant progress and undertaken a huge amount of work.
Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Bridger, Head of Crime, said "Despite the passage of 21 years since Victoria was so cruelly torn away from her family, we remain positive and determined to find a breakthrough in this case and to deliver justice for them"
"When the reinvestigation into the abduction and murder of Victoria was launched last year, a dedicated Operation Avon team was set-up to pursue new lines of enquiry and to identify fresh opportunities from the original investigation.
"The work undertaken so far has been vast and the team – with the assistance of numerous other colleagues - have made significant inroads. There is still much to do and we remain fully committed to completing this.
"Officers have remained in contact with Victoria’s family throughout this process, providing them with continued support and keeping them updated as to the progress of the investigation.
"Everyone was encouraged by the support we received from members of the public last year and we are grateful to all the people who contacted us with information.
"We still believe there are people out there who will know something very significant about this case, but have still as yet not told us. It is never too late to come forward and we are ready to take their call.
"We know allegiances can change over the years and someone who may have been compelled to keep a secret to protect another person may no longer feel the same obligation.
"Any information we are given will be treated with the utmost confidence. Please help us to solve this shocking crime and provide Victoria’s family the answers they deserve."
Victoria’s clothing and personal belongings that she had about her person the last time she was seen alive have never been found.
Images of the dress, jacket, shoes and a wooden hair slider that Victoria was wearing the last time she was seen are again being issued.
For the first time last year, details about some of Victoria’s personal belongings were disclosed as follows:
A black oval shaped New Look purse with a zip fastener, containing a house key on a distinctive fob with 'Vicky' across the top and 'Victoria' down the sides
A Rimmel lipstick in a black plastic case, the colour of which is believed to have been 'Zorro'
The inner soles of one or both of Victoria's shoes had been fixed with Sellotape