Text service to catch a killer

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Dawn Walker have set up a special hotline allowing witnesses to text with potentially-vital information.Police introduced the text messaging service yesterday – the first time it has been used in a Suffolk murder inquiry – as they stepped up their inquiries into the death of the 37-year-old fitness fanatic, whose semi-naked and charred remains were found close to the River Lark, near Fornham Park.

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Dawn Walker have set up a special hotline allowing witnesses to text with potentially-vital information.

Police introduced the text messaging service yesterday – the first time it has been used in a Suffolk murder inquiry – as they stepped up their inquiries into the death of the 37-year-old fitness fanatic, whose semi-naked and charred remains were found close to the River Lark, near Fornham Park.

House-to-house investigations and interviews with members of the Swallow Suffolk Golf and Country Club – of which Miss Walker was a regular user – will also be carried out.

Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert, who is leading the investigation, said: "We have already received some useful information from members of the public who have called in, e-mailed or been to see us at the mobile police station.

"We hope that the text service will make it even easier for people to report information to us.

"We know Dawn was a fitness fanatic and used the gym on a regular basis. As such, we are still keen to hear from anyone who used the gym and recognises or knows Dawn.

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"No matter how trivial they think it might be we need to hear from them as a matter of urgency."

Detectives revealed that specialist divers, who scanned the water on Friday, had unearthed some items that would be analysed to see if they held vital clues to the inquiry.

Miss Walker, of Oak Close, Fornham St Martin, near Bury St Edmunds, was found by a member of public at about 5.10pm on February 4.

It is believed she was last seen at about 9.30pm on February 2 at her home in Oak Close, but she failed to report for work at a printing firm in Bury St Edmunds the following morning.

Anyone with information should contact Bury St Edmunds police on 01473 613999, by e-mail to incident.room@suffolk.pnn.police.uk or by text to 07624 800174.

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