No breakthrough for detectives probing cold case murder despite ‘small number of calls’
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Police are continuing to appeal for information that might help with efforts to solve the murder of a woman near Brampton.
A cold-case review into the death of Janice Weston in 1983 was launched last month and officers said they had received “a small number of calls” from members of the public in response to an appeal.
However, there is still to be a breakthrough in the case and police are urging anyone who may have seen Janice or her vehicle to come forward.
A spokesman for the force told the Hunts Post: “We received a small number of calls following the appeal, including from people who saw Janice or her vehicle.
“However, there hasn’t been any significant developments and we continue to appeal to anyone with information to come forward.”
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Ms Weston’s body was found in a ditch near a lay-by on the northbound carriageway of the A1 close to the Brampton Hut roundabout on September 11, 1983.
A post mortem examination concluded Janice died as a result of blows to the head.
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Janice, 36, was living in London and was a solicitor and partner in a well-established firm. She was last seen alive at about 4.15pm at her London office the day before her body was found.
Her car, a silver Alfa Romeo Alfetta, was missing when her body was found. It was later discovered abandoned in Redhill Road, London.
Despite an extensive police investigation and a reconstruction on Crimewatch, nobody has ever been convicted of Janice’s murder.
Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit are conducting a review of the murder, exploring new forensic opportunities and appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Assistant investigator Kelly Knibbs said: “We’re now 35 years on from Janice’s death, but no unsolved murder investigation is ever closed.
“We’ve been conducting a review of the case and are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information about what happened.
“In addition to any new information, we’re also keen to speak to people who came forward during the original investigation but maybe did not tell us everything they knew, or those who spoke to Crimewatch but not directly to police.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting Op Oakmere or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.