It’s now more than 20 years since the disappearance of 25-year-old Melanie Hall in Bath.
Melanie, a clerical worker at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, was a loving daughter and sister with her whole life ahead of her.
On Saturday, June 8, 1996, Melanie went for a night out in Bath with her friends. She was seen sitting on a stool on the edge of the dance floor at Cadillacs nightclub at 1.10am. That was the last time she was seen alive.
On Monday 5 October, 2009, a workman found Melanie’s remains in woodland next to the northbound slipway at junction 14 of the M5 – the Thornbury turn-off – ending 13 years of uncertainty for her family.
A post-mortem examination found she died from severe head injuries. Her body was found wrapped in black bin bags and tied with blue rope.
Det Supt Andy Bevan, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: “We do have DNA from an item found at the scene where Melanie’s remains were discovered.
“Through new techniques, we’re in the process of developing a DNA profile. There’s no doubt this brings us an important step closer to finding her killer but we still need the public’s help.”
Did you see Melanie after 1.10am on Sunday 9 June?
Did you see her leave the Cadillacs nightclub, or see who she was with, at any time after this?
Were you in Cadillacs nightclub in Walcot Street that night? It was the evening where England drew 1-1 with Switzerland in the opening game of the football Euro 96 Championships?
If you were there and haven’t spoken to police, please call us.
Did you see any suspicious activity or a vehicle parked on the northbound J14 slipway of the M5 – the Thornbury turn off – from the early hours of Sunday 9 June 1996 or the days or weeks afterwards?
Are you concerned about the change in behaviour of a friend or relative, or anyone showing a particular interest in this inquiry?
Do you have information on where Melanie’s clothing or belongings may be? They’ve never been found.
They include a pale blue silk dress with a round neck, black suede mule shoes with straps across the front and an open toe, size 5 or 6, a cream single-breasted, long-sleeved jacket and a black satchel-type handbag.
In Melanie’s handbag were cosmetics and a Midland cheque book and bank card.
Also missing are items of jewellery including a Next watch with expanding bracelet and silver drop earrings. Where are these items? Have you ever seen them?
Det Supt Bevan added:
"“Melanie’s parents and sister have for the past 20 years been caught up in a living nightmare and my heart goes out to them."
“We’re doing everything we can to find these answers for them – most importantly who killed Melanie and why.”
Melanie Hall’s parents Steve and Pat are offering a £50,000 reward for information given to the police via the Operation Denmark Incident Room for the arrest and conviction of Melanie’s killer(s).
In addition, the independent charity Crimestoppers is reinstating a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Melanie Hall.
If you have any information about Melanie's murder, please call the Operation Denmark incident room on 0117 952 9788
You can also contact the investigation team via 101 or online here
You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org
Information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously and they cannot trace your call. You may qualify for a reward.