A RENEWED appeal has been made a year after the remains of a missing Middlesbrough prostitute were discovered in a drainage ditch.

Rachel Wilson disappeared on the morning of May 31, 2002, and nothing was heard of her until her skeletal remains were found by a workman.

The 19-year-old was last seen in the Woodlands Road area of Middlesbrough town centre at 7.02am and detectives recovered CCTV footage of the vice girl walking along Southfield Road at 2.30am the same day.

Her remains were discovered on the Newham Hall Farm estate, near Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough.

Last year her heartbroken mother, Tina Wilson, made an emotional plea for people to come forward with information to help the family discover what happened to Rachel.

Since then, a 20-strong team of officers have continued to work on the 11-year-old investigation in a bid to find the teenager’s murderer.

Detective Inspector Andy Greenwood said: “Rachel’s family have suffered immensely over the last 11 years and they need to know what happened to her. I am asking on their behalf for anyone to come forward with information about this case.”

A post-mortem examination was unable to establish the cause of death and the detective thinks it may never be known until the person responsible is arrested.

Rachel was one of three young women who went missing from Middlesbrough in a four-year period.

Donna Keogh was 17 when she went missing in 1998.

She was the first to go missing from the area within that short period of time.

The petite blonde has not been seen since she left her house in the centre of Middlesbrough at 11pm on Saturday, April 18, 1998.

The third missing girl was Vicky Glass went missing shortly after her 21st birthday in 2000.

Detectives know she was dropped off by taxi outside the Shipmate pub, in Union Street, Middlesbrough, at about 4am on Sunday, September 24. Her naked body was discovered several weeks later on an isolated track on the North York Moors, near Danby.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.