Could Michelle Bettles’ Murder Soon Be Solved?

A new breakthrough in DNA tests may lead police to the killer in the cold case.

Verity Partington

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Michelle Bettles, murdered in 2002 (Image: Norfolk Constabulary)

Investigators in the British county of Norfolk have suggested they may have a new lead that could help them catch the killer of 22-year-old Michelle Bettles.

Michelle, a sex worker, was last seen on St Benedict’s Street in Norwich on March 28th 2002, with her image captured on CCTV footage. Her body was found in woodland in Scarning nearly 20 miles away on March 31st.

She had failed to keep a regular appointment with a client at her home on the evening she went missing, and one of the final sightings of her had her walking in the opposite direction. The murder was never solved and the case went cold.

A fresh appeal was launched in March 2022 to mark the 20th anniversary of Michelle’s murder, with her parents John and Denise asking people to come forward if they had any relevant information for investigators.

Now, Norfolk Police’s major crime review manager Andy Guy has said the force not only received a number of calls as a result, but that a forensic review has resulted in DNA profiles being obtained that were not possible before.

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Verity Partington

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