Police reopen 1993 murder case following ‘new and significant’ information

Carol Clark, from Bristol, was found murdered 30 years ago.

Claire Hayhurst
Tuesday 28 March 2023 06:00 BST
Carol Clark was murdered in 1993 (Gloucestershire Police/PA)
Carol Clark was murdered in 1993 (Gloucestershire Police/PA)

Police have reopened the case of a woman murdered 30 years ago following “new and significant” information.

Carol Clark, 32, was last seen getting into a car in the Montpelier area of Bristol where she lived at about 11.30pm on Friday March 26 in 1993.

She was wearing a black baseball cap, brown leather jacket, blue denim mini skirt, black polo necked jumper and plain blue t-shirt at the time.

A dog walker discovered her body in reeds and undergrowth close to the water at Sharpness Docks on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal two days later, on Sunday March 28. She had been strangled and her neck was broken.

Gloucestershire Police launched a large-scale murder investigation after Ms Clark’s body was found but despite extensive enquiries and reviews of the case, the murderer has remained at large.

However, officers working as part of the South West major crime investigation team have now received information they say could unlock the case.

I still want information from anyone who may have seen something near the spot where Carol was found to come forward if they recall anything

DCI Wayne Usher

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Usher said: “I have received new and significant information about this case and while I cannot say more at the moment without putting inquiries at risk, it is an encouraging development and one which has all my officers more determined than ever to find Carol’s murderer.

“But I still need the public’s help. Carol lived and worked in a very close-knit community, and it’s likely that some people with information about what happened to her remained silent, perhaps through fear or misplaced loyalty.

“In the time that’s passed since, allegiances and loyalties will have changed, though, so I’m asking those people to search their consciences once again, 30 years after her death, to look at her photo, to think about the impact this continues to have on her loved ones and help bring the culprit to justice.

“I still want information from anyone who may have seen something near the spot where Carol was found to come forward if they recall anything.

“The location was overlooked by the Severn Way and on the weekend Carol was found it was the 200th anniversary celebrations of the British Waterways, so it would have been very busy, with foreign-registered vessels in the dock.

“Maybe you were there at the time but travelled back home without hearing about the case until now. Whatever the reason, if you were there and now recall something please report it.

“My thoughts remain with Carol’s family, who have remained so dignified and quietly determined through the most traumatic ordeal any family could experience.”

In a statement released by police, Ms Clark’s family said: “We are aware that the investigation into Carol’s death is being reopened based on new evidence and that new inquiries are being pursued.

“We hope that this investigation will allow us some closure.

“We are being updated by police family liaison officers and ask for our privacy to be respected at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force on 101 or online, quoting incident 264 of March 27.

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