Man arrested over murder of girl, 17, from almost 22 years ago

Man arrested over murder of girl, 17, from almost 22 years ago

A man has been arrested over the murder of a teenage girl dating back to 1999 in Suffolk.

Victoria Hall, from Trimley St Mary, was 17 years old when her body was discovered days after she disappeared following a night out with a friend.

The teenager left home on the evening of Saturday September 19, 1999, to enjoy a night at Bandbox nightclub in Bent Hill, Felixstowe.

Victoria and her friend stayed at the club until around 1am, before they decided to leave and get some food from Bodrum Grill in Undercliff Road West.

As they started walking back home towards Trimley St Mary, the pair went separate ways at around 2.20am – just yards away from Victoria’s home.

The teenager’s body was found after a five-day search (Picture: Suffolk Constabulary/PA)

That was the last time the teenager was seen alive.

Victoria’s parents awoke the following morning to find she had not come home and called police to report their daughter missing.

Following a five-day search, Victoria’s naked body was found by a dog walker on September 24.

She was discovered in a ditch next to a field in Creeting Lane, Creeting St Peter – about 25 miles away from where she had last been seen.

In September 2019, Suffolk Police revealed that the case – known as Operation Avon – had become a live inquiry again.

Police reopened the case in late 2019.

A new team of detectives were assigned to the case to reinvestigate Victoria’s killing, after new information was brought to police’s attention.

Police have now confirmed that a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder this morning and is currently being questioned in custody.

He is not someone who has previously been arrested as part of the investigation.

Anyone with information over Victoria’s murder is urged to contact Suffolk Police.
Man arrested over murder of girl, 17, from almost 22 years ago
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