UK Carol Ann Stephens, 6, Cardiff, Wales,suffocated& dumped in water, 7 April 1959

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    Rbbm. lengthy article.
    Police still hope to solve 1959 murder
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    April 21 2019
    Police say they have not given up hope of solving one of Wales' most notorious murders.

    Cardiff schoolgirl Carol Ann Stephens was abducted in April 1959, and her body found two weeks later in a remote spot in Carmarthenshire.

    Despite a huge manhunt and the help of the Metropolitan Police, the six-year-old's killer was never caught.

    But officers say the case still remains active and they hope someone can provide answers for Carol's family.

    On Tuesday 7 April, in the Cathays area of Cardiff, Carol told her mother Mavis she was going out to play and left their house in Malefant Street.

    Her family never saw her alive again.

    The disappearance would spark one of the biggest police operations in Wales."
    Exactly two weeks after Carol disappeared - on 21 April - a surveyor working in a narrow river culvert near the village of Horeb, north of Llanelli, came across the little girl's body.

    "She had been suffocated and dumped in the water."
    "She had told her friends she had a "new uncle" who had been taking her for drives, and she had been seen talking to a man in a car on the day she disappeared, but apart from that, police had many questions to answer."


    "Had Carol known her killer? Did the remote location of her body mean it was someone who knew the Horeb area well? Had anyone seen Carol with her abductor on the journey west?"

    Susan and her family left Horeb in 1964, but she remembers people suspecting the killer may have been somebody local.

    "I know the spot where the body was found, the little culvert. Yes it's by the side of the road but it's concealed by hedges and you wouldn't know the culvert was there unless you were local," she said.

    "When the police interviewed my mother she was asked about commercial travellers - they'd call them reps these days. Because the pub was a free house you'd often get those people calling in."
    "This being the 60th anniversary of Carol's death, it's an apt time for me to appeal to the communities of Cardiff and Horeb, and the wider communities of south Wales, that if anyone has got information as to the identity of the killer, we are still interested," he said.

    Anyone with information about the murder should call 101 or use the Crimestoppers anonymous line on 0800 555 111.
     
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    The six-year-old who was found murdered 60 miles away from home
    "For the Stephens family April 7, 1959 began just like any another Tuesday.

    It was raining heavily in Cardiff and shortly after midday, six-year-old Carol Stephens was sent to the corner shop to buy cigarettes for her mother. When she returned home, she ran back outside “to play".

    But that was the last time her mother Mavis Stephens and stepfather Ken would see her alive. And despite a frantic nationwide search, her killer was never found.

    Two weeks after Carol’s disappearance her body was discovered in Carmarthenshire, 60 miles away from her home in Malefant Street, Cathays.

    But how did Carol, a young girl described as being "tall and plump with a fresh complexion and rosy cheeks with brown hair and steel-rimmed glasses" end up dead, so far away from her Cardiff home?"

    "She had been abducted from near her home in Cardiff, sexually assaulted and strangled before being dumped miles away from where she was taken."
    "She was wearing the same outfit as the day she disappeared, but her now grey skirt was around her feet and one of her light brown shoes lying five feet away from her body. The other was found 15ft downstream."

    "Now searching for a killer, police turned their attention to the driver of a mysterious green car that had been seen parked up near Carol’s house.

    In the weeks leading up to her disappearance, Carol had told her friends: “I have a new uncle who is taking me for lovely rides in his motor car.”
    "A 16-year-old boy also said he had seen the car in the days leading up to Carol’s disappearance and said there had been a dark-haired man wearing a trench coat and brimmed hat inside reading some papers. Carol knocked on the car window."
     
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    Carol Ann Stephens was abducted from near her home in Cardiff, and her body found in Carmarthenshire
    Police still hope to solve 1959 murder
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    The village of Horeb in Carmarthenshire today
     
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