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Capel murder hunt - appeal continues

PUBLISHED: 17:12 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

DETECTIVES hunting the killer of Suffolk pensioner Joan Albert today appealed for people to remember her over the festive period and to contact a murder hotline with information about her death.

DETECTIVES hunting the killer of Suffolk pensioner Joan Albert today appealed for people to remember her over the festive period and to contact a murder hotline with information about her death.

Former hairdresser Mrs Albert, who was 79-years-old, was found stabbed to death in the hallway of her Capel St Mary home nine days before Christmas on Sunday, December 16.

There were signs of a forced entry to the back of her house and police believe the frail widow, who lived alone in Boydlands, may have disturbed a burglar.

More than 150 people contacted a dedicated murder room hotline in the days between the discovery of her body and Christmas Eve but only two calls were received over the Christmas period, police spokesman Steve Henry said.

Detectives had also contacted around 40 of the 80 members of the Jimeta Line Dancing Club which had been using the village hall near Mrs Albert's home on the night of her killing. Police believe the club members could have seen or heard something that may be of vital importance to the murder inquiry and have appealed for everyone there on the night of December 15 to contact them.

Mr Henry said: "We would like to thank all the people who have helped so far and there has been a lot of support from the local community, but we still need more people to come forward who may have been in the area or seen something or have other information."

Officers hunting the widow's killer had continued to work on material gathered in the village from house-to-house inquiries and from questioning people around Mrs Albert's Boydlands home in an anniversary check on the evening of Saturday, December 22, the weekend following her death.

Mrs Albert's body, which had suffered multiple stab wounds, was found by neighbours at around 10am on December 16 after she failed to answer the phone or knocks at the door. She was still dressed in her nightclothes.

The Evening Star and businesses in Capel have offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for Mrs Albert's death.

Anyone with information about Mrs Albert's death can either call the murder incident room on 01473 613777 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.


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