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Murder of Victoria Hall 19/09/1999 reopened

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.


Details of Incident

Police investigating the unsolved murder of a teenage girl from Trimley St Mary - which took place over 20 years ago - have made an arrest as part of the inquiry.

 

Victoria Hall, aged 17, was last seen alive in the early hours of Sunday 19 September 1999, in High Road, Trimley St Mary.

 

Victoria left home on the evening of Saturday 18 September 1999 to go for a night out with a friend at the Bandbox nightclub in Bent Hill, Felixstowe, where they remained until around 1am on the morning of Sunday 19 September.

 

They then went to get some food at the Bodrum Grill in Undercliff Road West, before beginning the walk back to Trimley St Mary.  They parted at around 2.20am near to the junction of High Road and Faulkeners Way.  Victoria was just yards away from her home.

 

When Victoria's parents woke up that morning and discovered that she had not returned home, the Police were called and a missing person inquiry commenced.

 

Five days later, on Friday 24 September, Victoria's naked body was found in a ditch beside a field by a dog walker in Creeting Lane, Creeting St Peter, approximately 25 miles away from where she was last seen.

 

In September 2019, Suffolk Police revealed that the case - known as Operation Avon - was now a live inquiry again and being fully reinvestigated by a new team of detectives, after fresh information had been received that was not previously known.

 

As a result of the work that has been ongoing for the past two years, officers arrested a man on suspicion of murder Wednesday 28th July 2021 who was released under investigation on Thursday 29th July 2021.    This individual is not someone who has previously been arrested as part of this inquiry.

 

Detectives continue to ask for anyone with information about Victoria's death to contact the Major Investigation Team.

Contact Information

Contact can also be made by calling Suffolk Constabulary on 01473 613513 quoting Operation Avon

 

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form www.crimestoppers-uk.org