lovers’ lane Mys­tery

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On 10 March 1970, clerk Su­san Long, 18, went danc­ing with her boyfriend at The Gala Ball­room in Nor­wich.

Af­ter­wards, she caught the last bus home, got off at Ayl­sham Mar­ket Place, and be­gan the seven-minute walk to her par­ents’ place. She never ar­rived. At 5.15am the next morn­ing, Su­san’s body was found 1½ miles from the bus stop. She’d been sex­u­ally as­saulted, stran­gled and left in a pool of rain­wa­ter in a lovers’ lane.

Scot­land Yard de­tec­tives be­lieved she was driven to where her body was dis­cov­ered, but didn’t know if she’d been ab­ducted or gone vol­un­tar­ily.

Se­men was found at the scene, and Foren­sics es­tab­lished that the mur­derer had a rare blood type. Blood sam­ples were taken from lo­cal men, but no match was ever found.

There was re­newed hope in 2010 – the 40th an­niver­sary of Su­san’s mur­der – that new DNA tech­nol­ogy could help fi­nally solve the mys­tery, but the case re­mains open.

Vic­tim: Su­san

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