Detectives to review forensic evidence in bid to solve murder of South Yorkshire schoolgirl

Anne Dunwell
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Forensic evidence gathered following the murder of a South Yorkshire schoolgirl over 50 years ago is to be reviewed in a bid to crack the case.

Anne Dunwell, aged 13, was sexually assaulted and strangled before her body was left at the foot of a manure heap near Maltby, in Rotherham, in 1964.

Anne Dunwell

Anne Dunwell

The schoolgirl left her aunt's house in Bramley intending to catch a bus to her own home in Whiston when she vanished.

Her body was found the following day - May 6, 1964 - but her killer has never been caught.

Following the recent arrest of a 79-year-old former South Yorkshire man over the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl Elsie Frost, who was stabbed to death in Wakefield in 1965, detectives in South Yorkshire have now revealed that they are re-examining the unsolved murder of Anne Dunwell.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Stopford, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Due to significant advances in DNA technology, officers will be carrying out a review into the forensics gathered throughout the investigation into the murder of 13-year-old Anne Dunwell in 1964.

“Anne’s family have been made aware of this decision.

“At this time, we do not have a specific person of interest in this investigation, however we would always encourage anyone with new information in relation to Anne’s death to come forward.

“As part of the forensic review we will be looking at similar cases to that of Anne’s and any new information which comes to light will of course be thoroughly looked into and investigated accordingly.”