Kate Bushell – viable lines of enquiry

Devon and Cornwall Police are pursuing a number of viable lines of enquiry into the 1997 murder of Exwick schoolgirl Kate Bushell thanks to the public.

Yesterday [6 November – see earlier article on this site] the Force launched a major public appeal for information for the 20th anniversary of Kate’s murder as part of an investigative review into her death.

Since 6am yesterday almost 100 calls and messages have been received by the investigation team via the incident room and online police portal. There has been huge interest on social media from the public with more than 60,000 views for the public appeal films.

The Exwick neighbourhood policing team is conducting patrols in the Exwick area all week and the response from the local community has been extremely supportive, with people keen to assist with the investigation.

Senior Investigating Officer Paul Burgan said: “The response and the interest from the public has been fantastic so far and we are thankful for that. As a result a number of viable lines of enquiry are being progressed by members of the Major Crime Team.

“However we are still appealing to anybody with information to come forward as one single piece of evidence could lead to the identity of the killer.

“If you have information which could help us catch Kate’s killer, please come forward and contact us. That one piece of critical information may be just what we need.”

Phone the incident room on 0800 096 1233 or report online via: www.dc.police.uk/katebushell

A £10,000 reward has been offered by independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kate’s killer.

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