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Detectives follow up 'significant' new leads in hunt for Melanie Hall's killer

Melanie Hall Photo: Avon and Somerset Police

Police investigating the murder of the Bath woman, Melanie Hall, have revealed they are following up new leads which they describe as 'significant and very interesting'. It comes on the fourth anniversary of the discovery of Melanie’s remains. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour, who is leading the investigation said:

We have recently received information concerning the origin of the blue rope that was used to tie up Melanie’s body. It is significant information and we are actively working on that line of inquiry. We are working with forensic scientists in relation to the rope and the circumstances of where that particular length of rope came from.

– Det Supt Mike Courtiour

He also revealed that police have found and recovered a car that could be relevant to the inquiry:

It is a white A-registered Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet which is currently being examined by forensic scientists. At this stage we do not know if it is connected with the case, but it is a very interesting and possibly significant line of inquiry.

– Det Supt Mike Courtiour

Melanie Hall was 25 when she disappeared from a nightclub in Bath in June 1996. Her remains were found 13 years later next to a motorway slip road in South Gloucestershire on October 5, 2009.

A post-mortem showed that she had severe head injuries. Her body was wrapped in black bin bags and tied with blue rope before being left in vegetation alongside the slip-road. Members of her family have given their reaction to the latest news. Melanie's father, Steve Hall said:

Melanie's Parents, Steve and Pat Hall Credit: PA Images

This is very positive news. Gradually the pieces of the jigsaw are being put together to bring Melanie's killer or killers to justice. We always knew it would take a long time, but these new developments appear very encouraging. It's time for whoever has information about Melanie's murder to come forward and bring this to an end.

– Steve Hall

Her sister, Dominique added:

We have always been hopeful that someone would be brought to justice and that we would find out the details of what happened to Melanie.It won’t make the future any different – there will never be closure for our family. But it would be a great consolation if someone would search their conscience and come forward to police with that vital information we need.

– Melanie Hall's sister, Dominique

Anyone with information can contact the Murder Incident Room on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.