Friend of murdered Melanie Road supports police appeal

The best friend of a teenager murdered on a night out nearly 30 years ago has joined appeals to catch her killer.

Susie Lecomber, 47, has spoken publicly for the first time about her friendship with 17-year-old Melanie Road in the hope of bringing the man responsible to justice.

Police handout of Susie Lecomber (right), now aged 47, with best friend Melanie Road pictured together in Lansdown, Bath in 1983. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Melanie was sexually assaulted and died from multiple stab wounds to her chest and back during the early hours of June 9, 1984 in Bath, Somerset following a night out.

Avon and Somerset police have a full DNA profile of the man responsible and are testing hundreds of men to find a match. Mrs Lecomber urged anyone with information to contact the police. She said:

"It appears that we have got one big last chance to sort this out.

"Maybe this is the opportunity we have. We have the DNA there, we have this new witness who came forward - maybe this is the last push."