At 3:50am on Thursday 20 November 1992, a lorry driver en route to work discovered the body of a girl in a lay-by at Ringland Road, on the outskirts of Norwich, Norfolk.
The body was subsequently established to be that of Natalie Jane Pearman, a 16 year old, born on 25 December 1975, who had been working as a prostitute in the red light district of Norwich.
Natalie was last sighted alive in Rouen Road, Norwich at 1:15am the same day as she was discovered. The location where Natalie's body was found is some 5 miles distant from the area she had been working as a prostitute.
A Post Mortem examination revealed that Natalie had died from Asphyxia. Forensic swabs revealed that semen was present in her body and on her under body garments and a DNA crime stain was obtained and loaded onto the national DNA database.
The subsequent investigation has interviewed over four thousand people and a large number of men have provided samples for direct DNA testing. To date the DNA profile obtained from the semen has not been matched despite a general search carried out with the National DNA Database (NDNADB)
Natalie's body was discovered in a lay-by at Ringland Hills.
Why has this case been looked at again?
This case has never been closed and been subject to reviews since 1992. Work is still being carried out to identify whose DNA was found on Natalie.
- DCI Andy Guy said: “We have had an encouraging response to the anniversary appeal regarding Natalie’s death with around 20 calls and emails into our office since the appeal last week and are consequently pursuing some lines of enquiry. We welcome any new information or leads that may help explain the circumstances surrounding her death. “I’d reiterate what I said earlier – just one piece of information could hold the key to solving this murder case. No matter how insignificant they think it might be, I’d urge them to call us. In addition, there are people who know or strongly suspect who was responsible and I’m sure that plays heavily on their conscience.Anyone with information should contact MIT cold case team at Norfolk Constabulary on 01953 424520 or 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
- Research is being carried out on people identified by a recent search on the National DNA database with a profile similar to the DNA found. Using the familial DNA process it is hoped that it could establish if the DNA is from a person’s genetic family.
We continue to seek new information to help take this historic homicide investigation to a conclusion.
Unsolved Case Review Manager: Mr Andy Guy
Contact Tel: 01953 423819
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.