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Tuesday, 9 April, 2002, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Warning from mother of murder victim
Michelle Bettles
Police say Michelle Bettles had been strangled
The mother of murdered prostitute Michelle Bettles has released childhood photographs of her daughter.

Ms Bettles body was found in woods near Dereham in Norfolk on 31 March.

Her mother said she hoped the pictures would show the public another side to her daughter as well as publicise the campaign to find her killer.

She warned parents that her daughter was a "happy child" until she fell under the "wrong influences".

Loved child

"The public have heard that my daughter was a prostitute and a drug addict," said Ms Bettles' mother, who does not wish to be identified.

"But until other people changed her life, she was a normal, happy child who loved her family and we loved her.

Michelle Bettles
Ms Bettles' mother says her daughter was "loved"

"She did well at school and could have gone on to university."

"Seeing the most recent picture of Michelle, that had to be released by the police, has really upset me.

"As you can see in my photographs, she was a lovely child.

"I just want other parents to know what can happen to their children if they fall victim to the wrong influences.

"None of our children are safe from the evil people who deal in drugs and prostitution."

Police have revealed the 22-year-old was strangled.

Detectives are keen to trace her trademark leather coat which was missing from the crime scene.

She is the fourth prostitute to go missing or be murdered in Norfolk in the past 10 years.

Norfolk Police are not linking the cases yet but said they would not rule anything out so early into their investigations.


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See also:

03 Apr 02 | England
Plea by dead prostitute's mother
01 Apr 02 | England
Dead prostitute found in woodland
08 Jan 02 | England
Police prostitute deaths inquiry
14 Feb 01 | Scotland
Missing woman traced by police
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