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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 11:02 GMT
Marsha police retrace her last journey
Police interview bus passengers
Officers were stationed along the 10-mile bus route
Police investigating the murder of Marsha McDonnell have spoken to hundreds of people along the route the teenager used to travel home.

The 19-year-old was attacked with a hammer as she walked to her home in Hampton, south-west London, from a bus stop on 4 February.

From about 2300 GMT on Monday until early Tuesday morning, officers spoke to bus passengers, pedestrians and motorists between Kingston - where Miss McDonnell had boarded the bus - and Hampton.

Scotland Yard said police had also been contacted by six passengers using the bus she travelled on shortly before she was killed.

MARSHA'S LAST JOURNEY
Marsha McDonnell on the bus

They have also traced two others on board a bus heading in the opposite direction at about the same time.

Up to 90 police officers were stationed on the 10-mile route she took home.

They spoke to people at bus stops in Hampton, Kingston and Heathrow Airport in west London, where the 111 begins and ends its journey.

They also boarded buses in the hope of finding passengers who may have been on the bus at the same time as Miss McDonnell.

Road blocks were set up to enable officers to speak to motorists.

Marsha was found by a neighbour suffering from severe injuries just yards from her home shortly after midnight.

The gap-year student had received three massive blows to her head and died hours later as a result.

'Not suspects'

Officers issued nine CCTV images of 10 passengers on or near the late night 111 bus, which the teenager took home after a trip to the cinema.

Scotland Yard emphasised those filmed on the bus were not being treated as suspects but they might have evidence which could prove important to the investigation.

Three more male passengers travelling on Miss McDonnell's bus from Kingston to Hounslow have yet to come forward.

Police have said the motive for the attack on Miss McDonnell is a complete mystery, as nothing had been stolen and she had not been sexually assaulted.

Links with a possible attack on another teenager in the same area are being re-investigated.

Detectives on Saturday revealed a girl had suffered head injuries while walking home on 8 January.

The incident was at first treated as an accident as it was believed that the girl had slipped in icy conditions.


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