STRAN­GLED SCHOOL­GIRL

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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

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