Police chiefs are no closer to solving the high profile murder of a Sheffield prostitute who was stabbed to death on Bonfire Night 13 years ago - revealing there are no detectives currently working on the case.
Michaela Hague was 25 years old when she was stabbed to death while working the streets of Sheffield on November 5, 2001.
The mum-of-one, from Pitsmoor, was stabbed to death 19 times in her neck and back after being picked up from Bower Street, off Corporation Street, in the city centre.
Fellow prostitutes told police she was picked up by a punter but the next time she was seen she was found in a pool of blood.
A sex worker told officers she saw a car, believed to be an old style blue Ford Sierra, driving off from the scene.
A police officer alerted to the attack, on a dark car park off Spitalfields, spoke to Michaela before she was rushed to hospital, where she later died.
PC Richard Twigg jotted down Michaela’s description of her attacker on his hand.
She told him the man was white, clean shaven, wore a wedding ring and where he picked her up from.
Michaela told the officer he was around 38 years old, about 6ft tall and was wearing a blue fleece and glasses.
But 13 years on the killer remains at large, with South Yorkshire Police admitting that although the case is technically still ‘open’ there are no officers currently working on it because there are no new lines of inquiry to investigate.
The force traditionally uses Bonfire Night to re-appeal for anyone with any information about the murder to come forward, but this year detectives remained silent.
Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray said: “South Yorkshire Police is still investigating the murder of Michaela Hague and we will allocate resources to pursue any new lines of inquiry.
“There are no current lines of investigation that are being pursued.
“Unsolved murders are subject to review and officers are assigned to them. Any relevant and significant lines of inquiry will be pursued by specially trained detectives.
“If anyone has information about the murder of Michaela Hague I would urge them to contact the police or Crimestoppers.”
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