Star calls for DNA tests to solve murder

THE identity of Karen Hales' killer could lay hidden in grisly evidence which has been locked away for years by police.Stashed in a cupboard by forensic examiners after the murder which shocked Suffolk in 1993 lies a sample of vomit found on her body which may harbour a vital clue.

By Tracey Sparling

THE identity of Karen Hales' killer could lay hidden in grisly evidence which has been locked away for years by police.

Stashed in a cupboard by forensic examiners after the murder which shocked Suffolk in 1993 lies a sample of vomit found on her body which may harbour a vital clue.

This evidence has not been tested for a DNA link for at least three years – and now The Evening Star has uncovered forensic experts who are prepared to use the latest techniques to see if the killer can be pinpointed.


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Today the Star pledged to pay the £1,000 fee involved – and urged Suffolk police to send off the sample without delay.

If our testing of the sample reveals DNA, it could lead to the identity of the person who was the last to see the 21-year-old Ipswich mother-of-one alive.

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