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Anniversary appeal on murder of teenager Rachel Wilson

Rachel Wilson vanished in 2002 Photo: Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police are using the 12 month anniversary of the discovery of a young woman's remains to make a fresh appeal about her murder. Rachel Wilson vanished in May 2002. Despite launching a murder enquiry, the 19 year old's body was not discovered until last June when her remains were found in a shallow grave close to farmland in Middlesbrough.

The land near Newham Hall Farm in Coulby Newham where the remains of Rachel Wilson were found last year Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The discovery of Rachel's remains gave her family fresh hope of finding her killer Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The remains, mainly bones, were found by a worker who was repairing drains close to Newham Hall farm in Coulby Newham. The teenager had developed a heroin habit and was working as a prostitute in Middlesbrough to fund her addiction. Rachel's family has never given up hope of finding her killer. After her remains were discovered last year, her mother made an emotional appeal for information. Today, on the 12 month anniversary, Detectives will renew that appeal in the hope of finally bringing the teenager's murderer to justice.

Rachel Wilson was captured on CCTV on the last night she was seen alive Credit: Cleveland Police

Detective Inspector Andy Greenwood, who's leading the murder enquiry, said:

Rachel’s family have suffered immensely over the last 11 years and they need to know what happened to her. I am asking on their behalf for anyone to come forward with information about this case.”

– Detective Inspector Andy Greenwood, Cleveland Police