Police have made an appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch programme this evening after revealing a new lead in the case of Julie Pacey who was murdered in Grantham more than 20 years ago.
Mrs Pacey’s murder has been subject to regular reviews since her death at her home in Longcliffe Road on September 26 1994. As part of one of these reviews DNA evidence, which was recovered from the scene as part of the initial investigation, was again analysed and this time revealed “startling” results.
Detective Inspector Helen Evans, of EMSOU Major Crime and the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, said: “In October last year I had a phone call from the scientist who had been re-evaluating the DNA in Julie’s case, which left me speechless. He told me that because of the advancements in DNA technology in the last 20 years he was now able to extract a nearly complete profile of an individual from the evidence found at the scene. This means that if we can link that DNA to a person, it is entirely possible that we may have found Julie’s murderer.
“However, the one drawback is that the DNA does not match anyone presently in our databases. For that reason we are asking the public for help and urging them to give us a name. Was there someone who at the time you had your suspicions about but didn’t have the confidence to tell us? Is there someone now who you think might be connected? It could be that Julie’s murderer did not live in the Grantham area or has now moved away, so we are appealing to anyone in any part of the country, or even other countries, to come to us with that information.
“All we need is a name and we can then decide if that person is relevant or connected. Please let us know as soon as you can and help us to make even more progress towards finding the person who killed Julie. Maybe then we can finally give her family some closure.”
Julie was found dead in the bathroom of her family home on September 26 1994. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. As part of the initial investigation at the time of her murder detectives were keen to trace a man who was seen in the area, and they are still keen to trace that individual.
DI Evans said: “A young girl who was a friend of the family had been to the house three days before the murder and told us that she had bumped into a man who was on his way out of the property as she made her way in. Julie said he was a stranger and had randomly walked into her home to ask for directions. It’s possible that this might be unconnected to her death but we would still like to trace that man. He is described as being of large/chubby build, with ruddy cheeks and was wearing blue overalls/dungarees and a checked shirt. If you know this person please give us that information. If you are in fact that man and had nothing to do with Julie’s murder but have been too worried about contacting us for all these years please do so now and we can eliminate you from the enquiry.”
Detectives are also still interested in any details regarding a blue BMW, possibly a 5 series, that was
seen parked on the driveway of the family home next to Julie’s Audi. In addition, they are still seeking information regarding a watch of Julie’s that was noticed missing from the family home. It is a Luc Desroches make, bought during a holiday abroad and is quite distinctive.
DI Evans added: “Whilst all information that comes to light that hasn’t previously is still important to us and could help our investigation, it is really names that we need. As soon as we have names we can start to run them through our systems and piece together everything else we know around that.
“We have never given up on this case and will continue trying to find the person who murdered Julie. Time has moved on and technology has moved on, even the family have moved on because they have had to and have had to get on with their lives. To find and bring to justice the person who murdered Julie after all of these years would, I hope, finally offer some closure to the people who loved and cared for her.”
If you have any information in relation to the enquiry contact Lincolnshire Police on either 01522 532222 (if on the evening of July 28) or the non-emergency 101 number and refer to incident 290 21/07/15.