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Essex: Detectives continue to rule out possibility that deaths of Nahid Almanea and James Attfield are linked during Crimewatch appeal on BBC

22:21 22 July 2014

Photo taken from CCTV footage issued by Essex Police of Nahid Almanea, 31.

Photo taken from CCTV footage issued by Essex Police of Nahid Almanea, 31.

Detectives in Essex last night refused to rule out the possibility that the murders of Nahid Almanea and James Attfield are linked as they made a renewed appeal for information on national television.

James Attfield, who was murdered in Colchester, pictured with a bowling medalJames Attfield, who was murdered in Colchester, pictured with a bowling medal

Nahid, a University of Essex student, died as a result of stab wounds she received on June 17. She was found on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester at about 10.40am that day.

The 31-year-old Saudi Arabian national was studying English at the university and lived in nearby Woodrow Way.

Her death came just months after James Attfield’s body was found in Lower Castle Park, Colchester, in March. He has suffered 102 stab wounds.

During an appearance on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme last night, Detective Chief Inspector Lucy Morris, of Essex Police, said: “We haven’t ruled out that possibility (that the deaths are linked).

“They remain separate investigations run in parallel.”

During the appeal, Det Ch Insp Morris also renewed an appeal for a man seen in the Salary Brook Trail area around the time Nahid was discovered. He wore a distinctive designer beige coat.

She also asked any former students who may have information to contact officers.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating both cases.

Detective Superintendent Steve Worron, of the Directorate, added: “I would like to thank the local community for their support with our investigation.

“Featuring the appeals on Crimewatch will really help us to capture information from people who may not have seen some of the local media reports.

Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the death of both Ms Almanea and Mr Attfield.

If you can help police with their inquiries, call the incident room on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



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