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Melanie witness may hold vital clues
Melanie Hall
A new witness may hold vital clues to Miss Hall's disappearance
A mystery woman seen drinking in a Bath pub could hold vital information in the case of missing woman Melanie Hall.

Officers investigating the disappearance of the hospital clerical worker from a nightclub in 1996 have appealed for the new witness, believed to be called Shelley, to come forward.

The witness is thought to have been in the Lamb and Lion pub in Lower Borough Walls, Bath, on Saturday evening, June 8, 1996 - the night Miss Hall was last seen.

'Shelley' is described as a white woman, in her early to mid 20s, with long dark hair to the middle of her back.

Detectives think she may have been a hairdresser or have a connection to the hairdressing trade.

At the time of Melanie's disappearance this woman probably didn't think she could help, but we desperately want to talk to her now.
Detective Superintendent Barrie Douglas

It is thought Shelley left the pub with two men at about 11.45pm to walk towards Cadillacs nightclub.

Police think she may have changed her mind and decided against going to the club.

Detective Superintendent Barrie Douglas who is leading the investigation said: "We have traced the two men but want to speak to Shelley.

"She may not realise it but she could have crucial information that would help our enquiry.

"At the time of Melanie's disappearance this woman probably didn't think she could help, but we desperately want to talk to her now."

Police are also keen to speak to any car owners from the Bath area whose vehicles may have been stolen and then burnt-out and abandoned at Englishcombe Reservoir near Bath in the weeks prior to Miss Hall going missing.

A team of officers continues to work on the case and forensic experts are still examining objects found during a recent search of a field in Inglesbatch, near Bath.

Despite extensive searches, the offer of a 10,000 reward and a number of television appeals, no trace of Miss Hall, then aged 25, has ever been found.

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