11-10-2007, 10:13 AM #1Registered User
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UK - Kate Bushell, 14, Exeter, Devon, 15 Nov 1997
A murdered schoolgirl whose body was discovered by her father, had her throat slashed, a post mortem showed.
Kate Bushell, 14, was found in a pool of blood in a field just 300 yards from her home.
Detective Superintendent Mike Stephens, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: "It was a mindless, ruthless attack, which ripped the girl's throat.
"This was a premeditated attack by a killer who had control of themselves and the victim."
Kate's dad, Jeremy, 44, called police on Saturday when she failed to return home from walking a dog belonging to neighbours.
Mr Bushell, of Exwick, Exeter, Devon, found the body when he searched the field with a police officer.
As more than 100 officers continued the murder hunt, Det Supt Stephens said they had not ruled out a sexual motive for the "horrific crime" as some of the teenager's clothing had been disturbed.
Forensic tests were being carried out to establish if she had been sexually assaulted. Blood samples were also being tested.
Det Supt Stephens appealed to householders in the Exwick area to check their dustbins to see if any knives, sharp intsruments or bloodstained clothing had been thrown in them.
He added that the neighbours' Jack Russell terrier had been examined forensically to see whether there had been any transference of material, during the attack.
Det Supt Stephens said police needed to know about any suspicious individuals who had been seen in the area over the last few weeks. Kate, described by friends as a caring, bright, music-loving youngster, was walking the dog as a favour for her neighbours who were away.
Its the 10 year anniversary of Kates death and no one has ever been charged despite an arrest back in 1998. Such a tragic waste of life.
07-13-2012, 04:07 AM #2
Bumping for Kate
All kinds of hugs!
03-05-2013, 04:06 PM #3
03-05-2013, 05:49 PM #4
I often think of Kate, she was killed the day my second son was born.
I know that they have linked her murder to that of Lyn Bryant, although they have no proof of the link, just similarities between the two murders.
I wonder what came of the possible link to David Newton - I googled but can't find anything beyond the 2008 article posted above.
05-12-2015, 06:15 AM #5Registered User
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Latest update I could find is Sept 2nd 2014
Now the killer who murdered Kate Bushell could escape justice after vital evidence was contaminated - by a lab technician's purple JUMPER.
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