Detectives investigating the murder of Julie Pacey have thanked the public for ringing in with information following last night’s Crimewatch appeal.
The BBC One Crimewatch programme featured the murder case of Mrs Pacey, who was found dead in her home in Grantham more than 20 years ago.
Around 40 calls were received by Crimewatch in relation to Julie’s murder and Lincolnshire Police operators in the Force Control Room received a further 13, with information still coming in today.
Detective Inspector Helen Evans, of EMSOU Major Crime and the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all those members of the public who called in with information in relation to appeal.
“We have had an overwhelming amount of calls, more than we could have hoped for, that has given us some very promising information. We will now take that away and further enquiries based on those leads.
“We have always said that we are optimistic about the possibility of finding Julie’s killer thanks to the development concerning the DNA and we are still optimistic with the new information that has come in.
“I would like to thank all the individuals who either called into Crimewatch or our own Force Control Room and urge anyone else who may have information to come forward, we are still actively seeking as much as we can in relation to this murder.”
Mrs Pacey, a 38-year-old mother-of-two, was in the bathroom of her family home on September 26 1994. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.
Detectives investigating her murder have been working with Crimewatch to feature the case on the programme last night after advancements in DNA meant that evidence secured at the scene now revealed a nearly full profile of an individual. It is believed this DNA could lead officers to Julie’s killer.
However, the DNA does not match anyone presently in databases. Detective Inspector Helen Evans, of EMSOU Major Crime and the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, appeared on Crimewatch in order to appeal to a large audience and asked the public to call in with any names or information that might be relevant to the murder case.
If you have any information in relation to the enquiry contact Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency 101 number and refer to incident 290 21/07/15.