Police hope jacket holds key to Colchester stab death

Essex Police have released a picture of a distinctive jacket worn by a man seen near the site where the body of Nahid Almanea's was found in Colchester last week.

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Essex detectives 'particularly seeking murder weapon'

Detective chief superintendent Steve Worron said officers are "particularly seeking a murder weapon" in their investigation into the killing of a woman in Colchester, Essex last week.

He said they are looking for a clean-shaven, tanned man in his late teens, with thick "mop-like" dark hair.

Detectives said the man was wearing a "distinctive" beige jacket.

'Intensive fingertip search' of pond in murder hunt

Police officers in Essex have drained a pond near the scene where Saudi Arabian student Nahid Almanea was murdered in Colchester last Tuesday and are carrying out an "intensive fingertip search."

Police said officers were carrying out an 'intensive fingertip search'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 31-year-old was stabbed 16 times and left to die as she walked along a quiet footpath in the town.

Police officer search reeds in the area where the student was stabbed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The search came as Detective chief superintendent Steve Worron issued a new appeal for information about a man seen wearing a "distinctive" beige-coloured jacket while walking along the Salary Brook Trail, where Ms Almanea was killed, around the time of the attack.

A police dog searching the area where Nahid Almanea was murdered on Tuesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Could this jacket hold the key to murder inquiry?

Jacket similar to that worn by man near the murder scene Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police have released a picture of a distinctive jacket worn by a man seen on the Salary Brook Trail just before Nahid Almanea's body was found. The man wearning it was seen walking towards the Greenstead estate between 10.20am and 10.40am.

He is described as being aged in his late teens to 30. He had very black, thick hair which was quite short and a two to three inch mop style on top. He was clean shaven, of average build with a tanned face. He wore baggy trousers, which may have been lightweight cotton.

He was wearing a very distinctive jacket described as an Italian designer item in either suede or leather. it was slightly longer than waist-length, had brown buttons up the front and two pockets also with buttons. It was beige and had a belt.

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Police drain lakes in search for murder weapon

Essex Police say they're continuing to search for a murder weapon near Salary Brook Trail in Colchester where Nahid Almanea was found murdered on Tuesday June 17. They have yet to recover any knife or bladed weapon with a proven link to the killing.

One of the three fishing lakes nearby has been drained and specialist officers are searching the area. The other two lakes will also be drained.

Police are urging people in Colchester to check their gardens, hedges, rubbish bins, and communal areas around flats for any trace of any discarded weapons or blood stained clothing or footwear.

Man arrested over Saudi student's murder released

A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of a Saudi Arabia student has been released.

Nahid Almanea died after she was stabbed 16 times as she walked along a path in Colchester, Essex, on Tuesday morning. Credit: ITV News

The man was being questioned in connection to the murder of 31-year-old Nahid Almanea who was stabbed 16 times while walking in Colchester, Essex last Tuesday.

He was also being held over a separate attack on a woman who was assaulted while jogging in the town on Thursday.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "No further action against him is planned in respect of either the murder or the assault as he has been eliminated from both inquiries."

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Colchester murder: Police arrest 19-year-old man

Police search the scene at Salary Brook Trail in Colchester, Essex, where Nahid Almanea's body was found. Credit: PA

Police in Essex have arrested a 19-year-old man from Colchester in connection with their investigation into the "brutal" murder of a Saudi Arabian student.

Nahid Almanea, who was 31, was stabbed 16 times on Tuesday morning.

Today, a man was arrested for a separate offence of assault.

The arrest came after a woman who was jogging near Peache Road in the town reported that a man had approached her and tried to grab her at around 10pm yesterday.

She was able to fight him off and made her way home before contacting police.

Police searched the area and a man was subsequently arrested.

Following further enquiries he was then further arrested shortly after 4pm today in connection with the murder investigation.

He remains in custody for questioning.

Nahid Almanea murder: Arrested man released

A man arrested in connection with the brutal murder of Saudi Arabian student Nahid Almanea has been released, police said.

The 52-year-old man has been positively eliminated from enquiries, Essex Police said.

Essex Police asked the public if they saw a woman carrying this bag on the morning of Nahid's murder. Credit: PA

Nahid, 31, died after she was stabbed 16 times as she walked along a path in Colchester, Essex, on Tuesday morning.

She had been studying an English language course at the University of Essex as part of her studies for a life sciences PhD.

Police warn against revenge attacks after stabbing

Police have warned against revenge attacks after a Saudi Arabian woman was stabbed to death on a footpath in Colchester.

Still taken from CCTV footage issued by Essex Police of Nahid Almanea. Credit: Essex Police/PA Wire

Student Nahid Almanea, 31, died after she was stabbed 16 times on Tuesday morning, Essex Police said.

Essex Police called for calm, saying they were aware threats of revenge attacks had been made on social media sites.

Police 'unsure' if Muslim dress was murder motive

Police search the scene at Salary Brook Trail in Colchester, Essex, where Nahid Almanea's body was found. Credit: Press Association

Essex Police say they cannot yet be sure whether Saudi Arabian student Nadid Almanea was killed because she was wearing Muslim dress. It is one line of inquiry, they say.

Nahid's body was found on a footpath in Colchester on Saturday. She had been stabbed 16 times.

Speaking at a press conference today, Essex Police also said they were investigating whether her death was linked to another fatal Colchester stabbing in March.

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