A t 10.15pm on 8 December 1984, Lisa Hession, 14, kissed her boyfriend goodbye and left a Christmas party to walk home through Leigh in Greater Manchester. She’d promised her mum Christine she’d be home by 10.30pm. Only, Lisa never arrived. Panicking, Christine called the police and searched the streets for her daughter. But, just 15 minutes later, police officers were at her door, asking her to come to Leigh Infirmary. They’d found Lisa dead in an alley just 200 yards from her home. She’d been attacked from behind, sexually assaulted, and strangled with her own T-shirt. Partial DNA was retrieved from the scene, and, in 2011, the case was reopened, local men were swabbed – but none of them was a match. Speaking in 2013 about the moment police told her Lisa’s body had been found, Christine said, ‘I had to go… and identify her. I felt shocked – just devastated. ‘You don’t think this sort of thing is ever going to happen to you.’ Despite a massive hunt, a police reconstruction and the arrest of a suspect, no-one was charged. Sadly, Lisa’s mother died last year without ever having seen justice for her daughter. However, cold-case police officers have never given up hope of a conviction, and continue to work to solve the case.
Scene of the murder Young Lisa Her mum, holding her photo, has since died Sad news report