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Paula Hounslea murder: Police renew appeal to find killer

Paula Hounslea
Image caption Paula Hounslea was last seen in August 2009

Police investigating the murder of a woman whose burnt remains were found on a disused railway line in Liverpool are making a fresh appeal for information.

Paula Hounslea, 37, from West Derby, went missing from her home on Culme Road, West Derby, on 22 August 2009.

Her remains were found in a disused fire pit next to the Liverpool Loopline in Fazakerley on 5 May this year.

Detectives will be carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area where she lived on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The renewed appeal coincides with the third anniversary of her disappearance.

Det Ch Insp Phil McEwan said: "The last three years have been a living nightmare for Paula's parents, other family members and friends, and we are determined to bring the person, or persons responsible for Paula's death to justice."

Forensic tests revealed her body was placed in the pit some time between last autumn and the start of the year.

Appeal for sightings

The night before Ms Hounslea disappeared, she had gone to the Phoenix Palace on West Derby Road, known as Chows, for a family meal.

Police said she went home after the meal and went missing the following morning.

Ms Hounslea, who had previously worked as a bartender and a seamstress, is described as white, 5ft 8in tall and of medium build with blonde or light brown shoulder length hair.

At the time she went missing it is believed she was wearing a grey jumper, pink cardigan, dark jeans and a gold necklace.

Det Ch Insp McEwan added: "I would appeal to anyone who has information which could help us with our investigation to come forward and I am particularly interested in any sightings of Paula following her disappearance.

"I also want to speak to anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area of the loopline where Paula's body was found.

"Somebody put Paula's body there and I would appeal to any members of the community who may have seen anyone behaving in an odd manner to contact the investigation team."

He added: "It may seem irrelevant to you, but it could be the piece of information we are looking for and it could help bring some closure to a family that just can't move on until they know what happened to Paula."

Two people were arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

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