UK police hope postcards can help solve brutal 1984 murder of mother-of-two

UK police hope postcards can help solve brutal 1984 murder of mother-of-two

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The brutal sexually-motivated homicide of a mother-of-two in England 35 years in the past might be a step nearer to being solved following a breakthrough within the investigation.

Shelley Morgan, 33, was stabbed a number of occasions in a frenzied assault after dropping her youngsters off at college within the southwestern metropolis of Bristol on June 11, 1984.

Detectives from Avon and Somerset Police's main crime evaluate staff consider two postcards might maintain very important info to the id of the killer.

The US-born artwork school scholar was heading in the direction of Leigh Woods close to Ashton Courtroom, the place she deliberate to spend the day sketching and taking pictures.

When she failed to select her youngsters up or return residence to Dunkerry Street in Bedminster, the police have been referred to as and a lacking individual inquiry was launched.

4 months later, on October 14, youngsters enjoying in a wooded copse off Lengthy Lane in Backwell Hill found her stays.

An Avon & Somerset Police scene photograph of Lengthy Lane taken in 1984.

A autopsy examination concluded Mrs Morgan, who was married, had suffered a number of stab wounds and there was proof the assault had been sexually motivated.

The tear-off postcards are from a calendar bought by the native Bristol Hospice charity within the 1980s or 1990s.

One is of a scene overlooking the River Avon in Bristol, taken from Bower Ashton - slightly below the Clifton Suspension Bridge - whereas the opposite is of St Andrew's Church, from the course of Backwell Hill.

Police stated each places are vital as they're linked to the areas the place Mrs Morgan was heading for on the day she disappeared and the place her physique was discovered 5 months later.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Barnston stated: "She left house that day aspiring to photograph and sketch within the Leigh Woods space, so it is attainable her work and the places she was visiting that day maintain the important thing to her killer's id.

"We stay of the assumption that her killer should have had entry to a car and should have had hyperlinks via work or different associations to Backwell and probably the Leigh Woods or Clifton areas of Bristol."

Mrs Morgan's digital camera, a 35mm Olympus OM20 digital camera with serial quantity 1032853, has by no means been discovered.

"Shelley was carrying the digital camera, together with a tripod and sketching supplies in a big patchwork-style shoulder bag," stated Det Sgt Barnston.

An Olympus OM20 digital camera just like one owned by Shelly Morgan.

"This bag has by no means been discovered, nor has the clothes she was sporting, together with red-framed glasses.

"Though there have been quite a few sightings of Shelley on the day she went lacking, in each the Bristol and Backwell areas, none have been confirmed."

The police stated they have been decided to fixing Mrs Morgan's homicide and convey these accountable to justice.

"It is unattainable to think about the ache and anguish Shelley's household have felt through the years and perceive the impression her homicide has had on her two youngsters, who've been left and not using a mom for almost all of their lives," Ms Barnston stated.

An Avon & Somerset Police scene photograph taken in 1984

"I might urge anybody with info, regardless of how small, to return ahead. Loyalties and relationships change over time and there could also be somebody who did not really feel capable of converse to us on the time, however who could also be able to take action now."

Mrs Morgan's sister Holle Brian stated: "For 35 years I've watched the occasions of Shelley's demise move by with out her.

"It has been 35 years of silence and the life she did not get to stay.

"So long as we stock Shelley in our hearts she is going to all the time be with us. We're getting older and the time will come when all of the doorways are closed.

"We beseech you if you recognize something about that day again in June 1984. Please come to the police; perhaps you have been afraid to talk out on the time; perhaps your state of affairs has modified.

An Avon & Somerset Police scene photograph taken in 1984

"Out of affection and respect to my sister we actually need to know what occurred and ensure that the person who killed her won't ever harm anyone ever once more."

Avon and Somerset Police didn't launch any particulars of the importance of the postcards, however appealed for anybody who might have purchased the calendar, or who stored the tear-off postcards with these photographs, to contact them.

- Press Affiliation