Janine Downes murder cold case reviewed 20 years on

A detective investigating the murder of a 22-year-old woman whose body was discovered in a lay-by is to revisit the spot 20 years on.

Janine Downes, from Wolverhampton, was found by a passing motorist on the A464 east of Shifnal on 2 February 1991.

Post mortem tests showed she had been sexually assaulted and strangled and had suffered "extensive" head wounds.

Det Ch Insp Jamieson, who is reviewing the cold case, will visit the lay-by on 2 February.

He said: "Janine Downes' death remains one of the oldest unsolved murders West Mercia Police continue to investigate.

"Although there was huge interest in the case at the time, with many people coming forward with information, Janine's killer has still not been identified.

"There have been a numbers of arrests over the years but this case remains unsolved to the present day."

'Frosty ground'

When Miss Downes' body was found she was wearing just a paisley-patterned blouse, a bra and blue ankle socks.

Her other clothes - white trainers, blue jeans and a black shell-suit top with a yellow stripe bearing the words "Nike International" - have never been found.

He added: "Marks on the frosty ground indicated that Janine had been dragged to the spot where she was found and a pathologist estimated that her body had been dumped there between midnight and 0400 GMT.

"We are convinced that there are people who know who killed Janine and, 20 years on, we are hoping someone will decide it's time to come forward so that we can finally bring Janine's killer to justice."

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to contact West Mercia Police.

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