Taxi driver Evelyn set on fire in cab
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