Mother makes impassioned plea to help solve her teenage daughter's murder

Mother makes impassioned plea to help solve her teenage daughter's murder

PLEA: Tina Wilson

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION: Tina Wilson, pictured with Detective Inspector Andy Greenwood

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A HEARTBROKEN mother said she remains hopeful that the person who murdered her daughter and dumped her body will be caught, as she appealed for information two years after the teenager's remains were discovered.

Tina Wilson fought back tears as she begged people to come forward with any details that could help solve the 12-year-old murder of Rachel Wilson so the family can finally let her rest in peace.

The 19-year-old's father, Bernard, died without knowing what happened to his beloved daughter.

Today (Friday), Mrs Wilson said she hopes someone’s conscience would be pricked so that detectives could finally piece together her daughter’s final movements.

Rachel was last seen at 2.30am on May 31, 2002, when CCTV images showed her walking along Southfield Road, in Middlesbrough town centre. Her remains were discovered on the Newham Hall Farm estate, near Coulby Newham ten years later.

Mrs Wilson said: “We found Rachel two year ago and laid her to rest with her brother and would just like somebody to come forward and tell us what happened to her, somebody out there knows what happened to Rachel.”

Mrs Wilson’s husband died last year aged 63.

“All he ever wanted to know was what happened to Rachel,” she said. “It would have broken his heart to go to his grave not knowing what happened.”

Earlier this week police said new witnesses had been identified in the last month who have provided information that has moved the investigation forward.

Rachel, a known sex worker, was one of three young women who went missing from Middlesbrough in a four-year period. Donna Keogh was 17 when she disappeared in 1998 from Hartington Road, near the Shipmate pub, in Middlesbrough town centre.

The body of Vicky Glass was found in a shallow grave on the North York Moors in November 2000, two months after she vanished.

Detective Inspector Andy Greenwood said he was hopeful that an arrest would be made ‘sooner rather than later’.

He said: “We know many of the people who Rachel associated with at the time of her disappearance worked in the sex industry and lived rather chaotic lives. Many of those people have now moved on in their lives and are able to remember things a little bit more clearly.

“It would be nice to solve this murder for Rachel’s family and we would urge anyone with any information, regardless of how small they may feel it is, to come forward. One tiny snippet of information could be enough to piece together two major pieces of information.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Cleveland Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

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