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min­utes of mak­ing the emer­gency call.

A week later, a re­con­struc­tion was staged, where a young po­lice­woman, Taryn Green, was asked to wear a sim­i­lar out­fit and stand at the same spot on the hard shoul­der for two hours in the hopes of jog­ging mo­torists’ mem­o­ries.

Po­lice also halted traf­fic and asked driv­ers about their move­ments seven days ear­lier.

If they had in­for­ma­tion, they were asked to stop at ser­vice ar­eas, where po­lice teams were wait­ing to take state­ments.

Po­lice be­gan ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion about a man and a light-coloured car seen near the phone.

A grey sa­loon car was also seen near the spot where her body was found.

An e-fit was is­sued to the pub­lic, with a man de­scribed as “white, with thin sharp fea­tures, a prom­i­nent thin long nose, in his 20s, and of youngish ap­pear­ance”.

Po­lice added his most dis­tinc­tive fea­ture was his hair, be­lieved to be cut in a mod­ern style with a slight crew-cut look, be­lieved to be blond with dis­tinc­tive yel­low or light orange high­lights.

Seven days later for­mer Welsh Guards­man Ed­die Brown­ing, 41, from Cwm­parc in Rhondda, was ar­rested af­ter a col­league re­ported he looked like the photofit that had been is­sued.

Mr Brown­ing re­sem­bled the pic­ture, had a his­tory of vi­o­lence, owned a but­ter­fly knife and had driven from his home to Scot­land in his sil­ver Re­nault 25 af­ter a row with his wife on the evening of the mur­der.

At his trial, Mr Brown­ing main­tained his in­no­cence and said he had used the M4, Sev­ern Bridge and M5 on the night, not the M50.

He was found guilty and sen­tenced to 25 years in pri­son.

Mr Brown­ing spent six years be­hind bars be­fore be­ing re­leased in May 1994 af­ter the Court of Ap­peal de­cided his con­vic­tion was un­safe, be­cause ev­i­dence was kept from his trial by the po­lice.

He later re­ceived more £600,000 com­pen­sa­tion.

It is un­der­stood he went to live on a farm in Ceredi­gion af­ter be­ing re­leased from pri­son.

In 2005, he was cleared of un­law- than fully car­ry­ing an il­le­gal knife in a pub­lic place, but he ad­mit­ted driv­ing while three times the le­gal limit.

He suc­cess­fully ar­gued that he had good rea­son for hav­ing the knife as he used the three-inch blade on his cat­tle farm to cut bails of hay and had for­got­ten that it was in his pocket when he went out.

He said that friends had spiked his drinks with­out his knowl­edge.

It means no one has ever been brought to jus­tice for the mur­der of Mrs Wilks.

Back in 1995 Mr Brown­ing told the Echo that the ac­tions of the un­con­victed killer had ru­ined his life.

“I would like to meet the per­son who killed Marie Wilks,” said the for­mer Welsh Guards­man, a dad of two.

“He has caused me and my fam­ily a huge amount of suf­fer­ing.

Be­fore I went to pri­son, I was a happy-go-lucky man. “That side of me has gone now.” In May, 63-year-old Mr Brown­ing was found dead at his West Wales home.

At that time, po­lice said that they were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of the young mum.

De­tec­tive chief in­spec­tor, Steve Tonks, of West Mer­cia Po­lice, said: “This case has been sub­ject to re­view a num­ber of times.

“As re­cently as two years ago, fur­ther foren­sic work was com­mis­sioned, which did not re­veal any ad­di­tional ev­i­dence.

“The case re­mains on our list of un­solved cases.”

the mur­der of Marie Wilks, left

Ed­die Brown­ing fol­low­ing his re­lease from jail in 1994 by the Court of Ap­peal. Judges de­cided his con­vic­tion was un­safe

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