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Police issue fresh appeal to find Julie Jones killer

Julie Jones Photo: Cavendish Press

Police in Manchester have made a fresh appeal to catch the killer of a sex worker, fifteen years after her death.

Julie Jones was 32 when she was found dead lying under bushes in Old Smithfield Market on July 3rd 1998.

She had sustained severe injuries consistent with being brutally attacked.

Julie Jones Credit: Cavendish Press

Julie had been reported missing from home by her housemate on June 27th 1998 before she was found. Her body was wrapped in a carpet.

Despite a long-running and thorough investigation into Julie's death, her murder remains undetected and her mum Theresa Hulme is still searching for answers 15 years later.

Police are now renewing their appeal to anyone who has information about Julie's death to come forward.

"Over the last ten years in particular, advances in forensic technology have had a huge impact on our ability to investigate historic crimes.

As a result of these developments, we are able to revisit historic crimes such as Julie's appalling and brutal murder and find new evidence that will help us pursue a conviction.

– Martin Bottomley, head of investigative review at GMP's Major and Cold Case Crime units

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.