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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 September 2005, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Reward in mother murder mystery
Penny Bell, murdered in 1991
Penny Bell withdrew 8,500 three days before her death
Police investigating the violent murder of a businesswoman 14 years ago have offered a 15,000 reward for information to help catch her killer.

Company director Penny Bell, 43, was found in the driver's seat of her Jaguar XJS in a car park in Greenford, west London, at midday on 6 June, 1991.

The mother-of-two from Denham, Bucks, had been stabbed more than 50 times.

Her daughter Lauren, now 23, said: "I could not wish for anything more than to see my mum's murderer convicted."

At the time of her murder, Mrs Bell was redecorating and having extensive building work carried out on her home.

Design samples

The married mother, who ran a successful employment agency in Kilburn, north London, had left home at 0940 GMT telling builders she was running late for an appointment.

But no record of a meeting was found in her diary and it has never been established who she was due to meet.

Police believe she had been dead since 1030 GMT when her body was found outside Gurnell Grove swimming pool.

The case remains very much an ongoing investigation
DCI Dave Little

Design samples for the bedroom were laid out across the back seat of the car, as if displayed for viewing or discussion.

Three days before the attack, Mrs Bell withdrew 8,500 from her and her husband's joint bank account, but police never discovered why she did this and the money was never found.

The murder was initially investigated by a major incident team but was put away as unsolved in 1999.

Three years later it was decided that the specialist crime directorate would investigate the case as part of a review undertaken by the murder review group.

Det Ch Insp Dave Little said: "The case remains very much an ongoing investigation and there is a 15,000 reward for information which leads to the prosecution of the person who committed this offence."


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