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Update: Karen Hales murder – 25th anniversary appeal

Officers investigating the brutal murder of a young mother at her home in Ipswich which occurred 25 years’ ago, have received over a dozen calls or messages from members of the public following an anniversary appeal.

Karen Hales’ body was discovered at her home address in Lavenham Road by her parents at approximately 4.40pm, on Sunday 21 November 1993.

21-year-old Karen was found in the kitchen and had received multiple stab wounds and her body had been set alight. Her 18-month-old daughter was also in the house, but was fortunately unharmed.

A post-mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was attributed to shock and haemorrhage, secondary to multiple stab wounds.

Last month, 25 years on from Karen’s tragic death, detectives renewed their appeal to the public in the hope that someone might come forward with vital information which could help solve this murder.

Detective Superintendent Andy Smith, who is the senior investigating officer for this unsolved case, said: “One month on from our latest appeal into Karen’s truly shocking murder, we have received 14 separate communications from members of the public.

“This is very encouraging as despite the passage of time there are clearly people who still remember things from 1993 that they think may be of assistance to our investigation.

“A number of the calls have provided us with fresh information which had previously not formed part of the investigation and we are now actively pursuing those lines of enquiry.

“We also received some information provided to us anonymously and I am very keen for those people to make contact with us in person if they feel comfortable to do so. I would like to reassure them that we will treat their identity and anything they tell us in the strictest confidence.

“I am extremely grateful to Karen’s family for the bravery they showed in assisting us with the anniversary appeal, conducting a number of very difficult and emotional interviews with the media. I am sure their personal appeals will have played a large part in generating the number of calls we received.

“This investigation remains open and I am determined to find Karen’s killer and bring that person to justice, above all else for the sake of her family.

“If there is anyone out there who has any information that they believe could assist the inquiry, then please come forward without further delay – it is never too late to contact us.”

Anyone who believes they may have information which could assist with the investigation into this murder should contact the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Crime Review Team: either by uploading information to the online portal https://mipp.police.uk/operation/3637020114K39-PO1; by calling 01953 423819; or by emailing unsolvedcasereviews@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively you can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111, or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously

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