Detective ‘optimistic’ as police follow up names in investigation into murder of Grantham mother Julie Pacey

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The detective in charge of the investigation into the murder of Julie Pacey says she is optimistic in finding her killer.

A new development in the case now means the police have a full DNA profile of Mrs Pacey’s murderer. Det Insp Helen Evans says it is a significant breakthrough.

The BBC Crimewatch programme ran an appeal last night following the new breakthrough and Det Insp Evans, who worked on the case when it broke in September 1994, told the Journal: “I want a name so I can go and establish whether or not that person is Julie’s killer. I am optimistic we will get a result.”

She added: “I want to do this for Andrew (Julie’s husband) and her family. I want to catch this person who did this terrible thing which has not gone away from the Pacey family.”

Mrs Pacey was sexually assaulted and strangled in her home. She was found by her 14-year-old daughter in the bathroom on September 26, 1994.

The police have received more than 50 calls since the Crimewatch programme was aired last night. Det Insp Evans says a number of names have been given to police and these will be followed up.

She said: “Following the programme, if anybody has not contacted us and they have information then please give us a call. If they have good information and want to speak to me in person, I will speak to them.”

Det Insp Evans said there was a “superb response” to the programme. She said: “It’s really difficult with cold cases. You are not sure how much information you are going to get but hopefully you won’t be disappointed. Calls have continued to come in. We have had 50 or more and calls are still coming into Lincolnshire Police and some into Crimestoppers. I would say we can eliminate some people straight away and there have been lots of names put forward.”

Crimewatch also highlighted some leads the police have been following up which include a man wearing blue overalls seen in Mrs Pacey’s house a few days before her death and a distinctive watch she bought in France which has been missing since she died.

If you have any information in relation to the enquiry contact Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency 101 number and refer to incident 290 of July 21 2015.