Detectives re-issue appeal over Ipswich mum Karen Hales’ 1993 murder

Karen Hales with her daughter Emily

Karen Hales with her daughter Emily - Credit: Archant

On the 22nd anniversary of Karen Hales unsolved murder detectives have renewed their for information to help catch her killer.

Police at Karen Hales' home in 1993

Police at Karen Hales' home in 1993

The 21-year-old was murdered in front of her 18-month-old daughter Emily at their house in Lavenham Road, Ipswich, on Sunday, November 21, 1993.

Her fiancé Peter Ruffles had left the couple’s home at 3.50pm to go to work

Miss Hales’ body was discovered in the kitchen at around 4.40pm by her father Graham.

She had been stabbed numerous times and an attempt had been made to set her body alight.

Subsequently detectives said they believe she had died between 3.50pm and 4.40pm.

Two Laser 7 knives were missing from her home following her death.

Most Read

Police launched a large-scale inquiry but despite two people being arrested in 1994, national television appeals, rewards, and heart-wrenching pleas from her family no one has ever been charged.

Officers believe someone close to Miss Hales’ killer, a friend or relative, must have noticed a change in their behaviour after she was killed.

Detective Superintendent Andy Smith, of Suffolk Constabulary, said, “The Joint Major Investigation Team actively follow any lines of enquiry relevant to the tragic murder of Karen Hales and we keep this case under constant review.

“We maintain regular contact with Karen’s family and they remain in our thoughts, particularly on the occasions of the anniversary of Karen’s death on November 21st.

“I would urge anyone who has any information in relation to this case to call the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

Although Miss Hales’ family support another appeal for information they have no more words left to adequately sum up their enduring nightmare.

Last year, her mother Geraldine said: “We still feel the terrible loss of Karen and want answers.

“If anyone has information, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, which could help find who killed Karen we would ask them to get in touch with police.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter