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Monday, 13 August, 2001, 05:40 GMT 06:40 UK
Police reopen 1982 murder inquiry
Yiannoulla Yianni
Police believe the teenager may have known her killer
Scotland Yard is appealing for help to catch the killer of a teenage girl almost 20 years after her murder.

They hope new forensic techniques will help their inquiry into the death of 17-year-old Yiannoulla Yianni, who was found by her parents at the family home in Hampstead, north London in 1982.

New advances in DNA techniques mean that now we are very hopeful that we can solve this case

Detective Inspector Jeff Baker

She had been sexually assaulted and strangled, and police believe she may have known her killer.

Detectives based at the Serious Crime Group are now trying to trace all those people spoken to by police during the original inquiry in 1982.

On the day that she died, Yiannoulla had spent the morning at home with her mother.

After briefly visiting the family's shop in nearby Fairhazel Road, Yiannoulla returned home to prepare dinner while her mother stayed at the shop.

Her body was found by her parents when they returned home at around 3pm that day.

Thousands interviewed

Witnesses at the time reported seeing Yiannoulla on the doorstep of her home talking to a man, possibly Greek, who was in his early 20s.
Police have released an e-fit of a suspect

Detectives say the latest forensic techniques have now enabled them to set up new lines of inquiry into the murder case.

More than 1,000 people gave statements to police or provided their fingerprints for elimination purposes, and detectives are now appealing for all of those people to come forward once again.

Yianoulla attended Quintin Kynaston School, in St John's Wood, and worked part-time at Woolworths in Finchley Road, north London.

Detective Inspector Jeff Baker said: "New advances in DNA techniques mean that now we are very hopeful that we can solve this case, but we really do need the public to help and to come forward.

"There may even be people out there who were reluctant to speak to police at the time, but 19 years on whatever held them back at the time may no longer apply."

Anyone with information can call the Serious Crime Group Incident Room at Hendon on020 8358 1777, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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