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.

“We are encouraged by those people who have contacted us with information and would like to thank members of the public who have come forward already. We will be following up on any names suggested as friends or possible contacts of Michelle, to build up a more detailed picture of her life and the events leading up to her death.

“I would ask if any person has had legitimate, personal contact with Michelle to come forward and be eliminated,” he added in a statement.

It is possible Michelle had been walking towards the Queens Road area of the city shortly before her disappearance, and investigators are now looking into the possibility that she may have been meeting someone there.

Mr Guy said he hopes the passage of time and changing allegiances may give someone the confidence to come forward about Michelle’s murder who had not felt able to before.

In 2012, on the tenth anniversary of Michelle’s murder, her father John told the BBC he thought her killer may be…

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Verity Partington

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