Somerset

New appeal in Helen Fleet 1987 murder case

Helen Fleet Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption The body of 66-year-old Helen Fleet was found in woodland near Weston-super-Mare in 1987

"Changing loyalties" could yield a breakthrough in the unsolved "horrific murder" of a dog walker killed 30 years ago, police have said.

Helen Fleet, 66, was found dead in in Worlebury Woods near Weston-super-Mare, on 28 March 1987.

Despite a BBC Crimewatch appeal and a major police investigation, no one has ever been charged with her murder.

Police said there were "no new lines of enquiry" currently but believe answers "may lie in the local community".

Ms Fleet, who lived with her sister in Osborne Road, was last seen alive on the morning of her death.

Det Sgt Pete Frake said she had driven to the woods in her blue Datsun to take her two dogs for a walk.

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Image caption Ms Fleet had driven to Worlebury Woods in her blue Datsun to take her two dogs for a walk
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Image caption Police said Ms Fleet was found beaten, strangled and stabbed less than two hours after she was last seen alive

"Helen was found beaten, strangled and stabbed in Worlebury Woods at around 12.40pm," he said.

"She was last seen alive at 10.50am in Worlebury Hill Road."

'Horrific murder'

Despite thousands of people being interviewed by police at the time and further reviews of evidence, Det Sgt Frake said, the "horrific murder" had remained unsolved.

"Loyalties and relationships can change over the years, which can result in people being more willing to tell us what they know, or share with us any suspicions they may have," he said.

"Helen's friends and relatives have been waiting for 30 years to see justice done which is a heavy and unimaginable burden to bear."

Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Avon and Somerset Police.

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