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Anniversary appeal over mother's murder

Published by The BBC
16th April 2003


Norfolk
Detectives in Norfolk are renewing their appeals for information a year after the murder of a young mother. Michelle Bettles, 22, was found dead in woodland at Scarning, near Dereham, last Easter Sunday, 31 March. The mother-of-three, who worked as a prostitute, had been strangled.

Detective Inspector Dave Ward said: "We are putting together Michelle's movements for the week prior to her death and there are some gaps that we need to fill. If anyone was with Michelle in the week leading up to Easter Sunday last year, or knew of her whereabouts, then we need to speak to you."

He urged former clients or associates of Ms Bettles to contact detectives with any information. "We have dealt with everyone in this enquiry with tact and discretion and people should not be worried about coming forward."
 
 

Man bailed over woman's murder

Published by The BBC
27th March 2003


Norfolk
A man arrested in connection with the death of a prostitute has been released while police continue their inquiries.

Michelle Bettles, 22, was found strangled in wooded area at Scarning, near Dereham, Norfolk, on 31 March last year.

She was last seen walking in Norwich.

Her body was found clothed, but her long black leather coat was missing, along with her handbag and other personal items.

A 30-year-old man, who has not been identified, was arrested at his home in the Norwich area early on Wednesday morning and questioned by officers at a police station in Thetford.
 

Man arrested over woman's murder

Published by The BBC
27th March 2003


Norfolk
A man is still being questioned on Thursday in connection with the murder of a prostitute.

Michelle Bettles, 22, was found strangled in woods at Scarning, near Dereham, on 31 March, 2002.

The 30-year-old man was arrested at his home in the Norwich area early on Wednesday morning.

He is being questioned by officers at the police station in Thetford.

Miss Bettles' body was found clothed, but her long black leather coat was missing, along with her handbag and other personal items.