Possible new lead in Julie Ward murder

A SHOCKING new picture has been unearthed that appears to show Julie Ward being held captive in a squalid and filthy hut shortly before her murder.The disturbing photograph shows a distressed blonde haired girl lying alone under a blood-soaked duvet in a squalid and dirty brick-built hut, thought to be on the Masai Mara.

A SHOCKING new picture has been unearthed that appears to show Julie Ward being held captive in a squalid and filthy hut shortly before her murder.

The disturbing photograph shows a distressed blonde haired girl lying alone under a blood-soaked duvet in a squalid and dirty brick-built hut, thought to be on the Masai Mara.

The picture still needs to be authenticated, but if genuine it indicates the horrific ordeal Ms Ward, who was 28, would have suffered before she was brutally murdered and dismembered in 1988.

The British High Commission in Uganda was recently given the picture by a Kenyan citizen, who has now handed it over to Ms Ward's father, John Ward, who lives near Bury St Edmunds.

The man claims to know how and why the keen wildlife photographer was killed.

Mr Ward says the girl in the photograph could be his daughter and is having it checked by computer and photographic experts to ascertain its authenticity.

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Mr Ward flew to Kampala, Uganda, last weekend to meet the man and see the new evidence.

He also saw six other disturbing photocopied images, which were said to be of Ms Ward, but he has dismissed these as fakes.

The original picture is the one Mr Ward feels could be genuine and he has now brought it back to Britain for it to be tested.

"After meeting and questioning this man, I can say most of his story is completely untrue and utter nonsense," he said. "He was after money and I think that is very bad. He showed me six other pictures, which he said were of Julie in this hut, but they had clearly been tampered with.

"The original picture shows a blonde haired girl lying under a duvet, part of which is covered in blood. You cannot see all of her face, but some of the features are visible and it looks as if it could be Julie.

The man Mr Ward interviewed claims he has now come forward to clear his conscience.

The witness, who is now living at a secret location with church officials in Uganda, claims Ms Ward was kidnapped, held captive at a hut on the Masai Mara, and then murdered on the orders of high-ranking officials of the former Moi Government.

He said the government of former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi believed Ms Ward was working on behalf of the British authorities spying on the activities of a Moi-backed Masai Mara tribe and that is why she was killed.

Ms Ward vanished in September 1988 at the end of an eight-month trip photographing wildlife.

Later, her father found her charred and dismembered body parts scattered across the game reserve.

The first British inquest into her death, heard earlier this year at Ipswich, found Ms Ward was unlawfully killed, which led the new Kenyan Government to vow it would re-open the case if new evidence was found.

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