Police investigating the brutal stabbing of a Saudi student have appealed for the public’s help after releasing a 19-year-old man they were questioning.
Nahid Almanea was stabbed 16 times while walking along a path in Colchester, Essex, on Tuesday morning.
The man had been arrested on Friday after a female jogger said someonehad approached her and tried to grab her near Peache Road on June 19.
But after several hours of questioning he was released andEssex Police tweeted: “19-year-old man interviewed, eliminated from enquiries and released. Investigation into #Colchester murder continues. Can you help?”
Ms Almanea had been taking an English language course at the University of Essex as part of her studies for a life sciences PhD.
Police released a CCTV picture of the 31-year-old taken moments before her death and a map of her likely route from the home she shared with her brother to the spot on the Salary Brook trail where her body was found.
Officers called for calm, warned local people not to go out alone and to be vigilant, as they confirmed they were investigating threats of revenge attacks on social media.
Police numbers were boosted in the town centre on Friday night as police south to reassure residents.
They said the fact that Ms Almanea was stabbed multiple times bore “obvious similarities” to the murder of James Attfield, a vulnerable man with brain damage who was stabbed more than 100 times in a park in Colchester in March.
But police have stressed the cases remain separate investigations.
Colchester councillor Tim Young told Sky News: “Until they find a motive for this latest attack they can’t rule anything in and they can’t rule anything out.”
:: Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 01245 282103, Essex Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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21 June 2014 | 9:32 am – Source: orange.co.uk