Cops hunt the killer of RAF girl 50yrs on

DNA break­through to ID mur­derer

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES - BY LOUIE SMITH

A WOMAN whose 19-year-old sis­ter was mur­dered 50 years ago at an RAF base has is­sued a fresh ap­peal to find her twisted killer.

Rita El­lis was sex­u­ally as­saulted and stran­gled with her un­der­wear in 1967.

Po­lice now have a DNA pro­file of the mur­derer but swabs taken from al­most 200 po­ten­tial sus­pects have failed to re­veal the killer’s iden­tity.

Rita’s sis­ter, Tina Streeter, 60, said: “Just come for­ward and open up... Per­haps those peo­ple will feel better about them­selves.”

Tina, whose par­ents died with­out see­ing jus­tice for their daugh­ter, de­scribed the RAF re­cruit as “won­der­ful, kind and car­ing.” She added: “It’s just through a freak in­ci­dent... an op­por­tunist, some evil, sick per­son who just couldn’t con­tain them­selves.

“I don’t know their mo­tive. I don’t for­give. I could never for­give them ever.”

On the night of Satur­day, Novem­ber 11, 1967, Rita was ex­pected to babysit for a wing com­man­der and his wife at RAF Hal­ton, Bucks. But she failed to ar­rive. The base was hold­ing a disco and bingo, mean­ing hun­dreds were in the area.

Rita, who was sta­tioned there, was last seen alive at 8pm. Her body was found the next day by a dis­used rail­way.

Po­lice be­lieve the killer would be in his 60s to 80s to­day.

DEATH RID­DLE Rita El­lis. Tina, be­low made ap­peal Rita’s home, RAF Hal­ton, Bucks Her body was found by rail­way

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