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Natalie Pearman murder: Fresh appeal on 25th anniversary

Natalie Pearman was sixteen years old when she was murdered

Detectives investigating the murder of a Norwich schoolgirl in 1992 are renewing their appeal for information on the 25th anniversary of her death.

The body of sixteen year old Natalie Pearman was found by a lorry driver en route to work in a lay-by at Ringland Road on the outskirts of Norwich on 20th November 1992.

The scene where Natalie was found dead. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"'We have the DNA profile of the man we believe is responsible, but what we don't have is the name and we've compared 686 DNA profiles over the last four or five years trying to achieve just that."

– Andy Guy, Cold Case Manager for Norfolk & Suffolk police
Police activity on Ringland Road in 1992 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Natalie had been working as a prostitute in the red light district of Norwich and was last seen in Rouen Road at 1.15am on the same day she was discovered.

A post mortem examination revealed she died from asphyxiation.

4,000
People have been interviewed in investigation

Police hold the DNA profile of the an they say murdered Natalie and are now looking into familial DNA samples that may prove to be a match in the DNA database.

The investigation into Natalie's death has never been closed and has been subject to reviews since 1992.

"Natalie's murder is one of those cases that could be easily solved with one piece of information. There are people who know or strongly suspect who was responsible and I'm sure that plays heavily on their conscience. All we need is a name and we will do the rest, it is a simple matter of matching DNA. Natalie was little more than a child when she was murdered and her and her family deserve that this case is resolved."

– Det Chief Insp Caroline Millar