Essex Police say they have made a significant development in the search for the killer of a Saudi Arabian student.
This morning officers drained a local pond as part of investigations into the murder of NahidAlmanea and say they are preparing to reveal more details about a suspect seen running near where the victim’s bodywas found on Tuesday.
The white man, aged between 18 and 25, of medium build and with dark hair was spotted to coming out of an alleyway which indirectly links to to the Salary Brook Trail, where the 31-year-old was stabbed.
Officers are continuing to carry out door-to-door inquiries in their search for the suspect.
Reporting from Colchester, Sky’s Joe Tidy said that police are describing the latest development as significant rather than major, and that the police investigation is running in parallelwith another one looking into the murder of James Atwood found stabbed to death March.
“We believe police have more details of the suspect and that these details are linked to the draining of this pond,” he said.
“Police say there are obvious similarities with the murder of James Atfield that are too significant to ignore so police are looking to work alongside each other in both cases.”
Mr Atfield’s mother, Julie Finch, told Sky News she was concerned that the killer or killers had not been found.
“You turn on the news and every story is a murder or someone is in court for murder,” she said.
“Until you’re in a situation where you’ve lost someone you don’t notice it.
“But now I’m terrified for my girls. I won’t go out on my own and it proves with this latest murder that it doesn’t matter what time you go out or where you are. Everyone has to be so much more vigilant.”
Ms Almanea was stabbed 16 times while walking along a path on Tuesday morning.
The student from Saudi Arabia 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.
:: 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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22 June 2014 | 11:48 am – Source: orange.co.uk