Colchester: Leaflet appeal launched in Jay Whiston murder investigation

Jay Whiston

Jay Whiston

POLICE investigating the murder of a Clacton teenager in Colchester will be distributing leaflets this Easter weekend following the bail extensions of seven people arrested in connection with the investigation.

Essex Police will be issuing leaflets over Easter weekend in a new appeal to help find the knife use

Essex Police will be issuing leaflets over Easter weekend in a new appeal to help find the knife used to kill Jay Whiston - Credit: Archant

Jay Whiston was stabbed at a house party on Marlowe Way shortly after 10pm on September 8. The 17-year-old boy from Aster Close died a short time later in hospital. A provisional post-mortem examination result showed that he died from a stab wound.

Although a number of knives have been recovered from the local area, police do not believe any of them to be the murder weapon.

On Saturday officers will be in and around the Lexden area handing out flyers to residents who may be planning to take advantage of the long weekend by tending to their garden shrubs.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Anne Cameron, said: “This is very much an ongoing, live investigation and we are still collating evidence and obtaining statements from various witnesses. We are still though missing the murder weapon which is why we’re making another concerted effort to find it with the help of Colchester residents.

“Should they find a knife in their garden, then they should leave it in situ and contact us. We’ll then forensically retrieve it and ascertain whether it is connected with Jay’s death. Jay’s parents and, indeed, his whole family are still coming to terms with their loss nearly seven months on.

“They want justice for Jay as do we; we need to know who murdered him and why.”

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Seven people from Colchester are currently on police bail until May 22 after having been arrested in connection with this murder investigation.

Anyone with information in connection with this death is urged to contact detectives at Colchester’s Major Investigation Team on 101, email them on SCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.ukor call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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