Taxi driver Eve­lyn set on fire in cab

Sunday Sun - - News - LISA HUTCHIN­SON Re­porter lisa.hutchin­[email protected]­plc.com

HER life ended at the hands of a bru­tal killer and now, on the an­niver­sary of Eve­lyn Fos­ter’s death, police have dusted off their old files to re-tell her story decades later.

While delv­ing through the archives the team have dis­cov­ered a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion dat­ing back 88 years to the day.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Eve­lyn’s death, whose badly burned body was dis­cov­ered on moor­land in Ot­ter­burn, Northum­ber­land, re­mains one of the Force’s oldest un­solved mur­ders. And has even been made into a book.

Jan­uary 6, 1931, started off as a typ­i­cal day for taxi driver Eve­lyn.

But the 27-year-old never re­turned home af­ter be­ing at­tacked. She was pushed into the back of her cab, cov­ered in a rug and set on fire.

Of­fi­cers were alerted to the in­ci­dent af­ter Eve­lyn some­how man­aged to strug­gle out of the burn­ing car, which was pushed down a bank on ru­ral land in be­tween Kirk­whelp­ing­ton and Ot­ter­burn.

But she died soon af­ter from her in­juries.

Tony Stevens, ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tion team su­per­vi­sor for Northumbria Police, said: “With a Force as large as ours, you can imag­ine we have very de­tailed archives and pe­ri­od­i­cally, we go back through and take a look at our old cases.

“This par­tic­u­lar mur­der was hor­rific and it’s no sur­prise a book was writ­ten about it.

“At the time, there were a num­ber of the­o­ries as to who might have com­mit­ted the crime.

“We never close our mur­der in­ves­tiga-

■ Eve­lyn Fos­ter, whose mur­der on Jan­uary 6, 1931, re­mains un­solved ■ Police

■ Eve­lyn’s Fos­ter’s aban­doned, burnt out car in Ot­ter­burn

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