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Torment of murdered girl's family

Colette Aram
Colette Aram was found in a field near her home

The parents of a 16-year-old girl who was murdered in Nottinghamshire 25 years ago have renewed appeals to help bring her killer to justice.

Colette Aram, a trainee hairdresser, from Keyworth, was abducted on 30 October 1983 as she walked from her home to her boyfriend's house.

She was raped and strangled before her naked body was dumped in a field close to where she went missing.

Police officers discovered her body the following morning.

Colette's murder was the first case to be featured on BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Despite hundreds of officers being deployed on the case, the killer was never been caught.

Last sighting

During the 25-year investigation police have ruled out 1,500 possible suspects.

They now hope a DNA profile of the killer will help secure a conviction.

Colette lived with her parents, Jacqui and Tony, along with her brother, Mark, in Normanton Lane, Keyworth.

At about 2000 GMT on the night of her disappearance she set off to walk the 20-minute route to the home in Willow Brook of her boyfriend, Russell Godfrey.

Colete Aram with her pet dog
Colette's father carries this photograph of her in his wallet

At about 2010 GMT she turned into Nicker Hill and stopped to talk to a group of friends.

This was the last known sighting of her.

Moments later witnesses reported hearing a woman screaming before a car drove off at speed.

Police were alerted at 2230 GMT by family and friends who went out searching for the missing teenager.

It was not until 0900 GMT the following day that officers found her naked body in a field next to Thurlby Lane, about a mile-and-a-half (2.41 km) from where she was abducted.

A red Ford Fiesta stolen shortly before the murder, and seen in Keyworth at the time Colette was abducted, was used by the killer.

The car was found the next day and its keys were discovered buried during landscaping work in April 1984.

Family 'destroyed'

Detectives said a man, who they suspect was the killer, was seen drinking orange juice and lemonade in The Generous Britain pub in the nearby village of Costock on the night of the murder.

Colette mother, Jacqui Kirby, moved to Greece following the tragedy but has returned to the UK in the hope that her daughter's killer will be brought to justice.

She said the tragedy had broken her marriage and destroyed the family.

"It's like reliving it all but I have to do it. I have to do it not just for me but for Colette.

Colette's mother Jacqui Kirkby : 'It destroyed our family'

"I don't enjoy doing this but I have to do it because I can say years down the line that I know I've done what I can to bring this man to justice.

"There's not a day goes by when I don't think about Colette and about what happened, also to think hopefully one day this man is going to be brought to justice.

"It would bring some kind of closure.

"She was very happy, always laughing, always smiling. She always thought about other people. She was a very caring girl.

"She was very popular and well-liked. Everybody loved her."

Tony Aram, Colette's father, helped in the search for his daughter.

He said: "As soon as we realised that Colette hadn't arrived at her boyfriend's we went straight up there and started looking.

"I was out most of the night looking. I drove all over the village and the outskirts and Jacqui was ringing around friends.

"I still think of her every day. Life can't ever be the same, because it changes you."

For 25 years he has carried a photograph of Colette in his wallet. It is a picture of her as a child cuddling her pet dog, Brandy.

"When she went, I said to myself 'she's gone abroad'. That's how I coped with it," he added.

Map of sightings
1. 1645 GMT Red Fiesta enters Keyworth
2. 1820 GMT Red Fiesta follows a girl walking alone
3. 1925 GMT Red Fiesta driver seen drinking milk
4. 1930 GMT Driver asks girl directions. She sees same man and car nearby soon after
5. 2000 GMT Driver parks Fiesta, walks off and returns. Seems to be carrying blade
6. 2010 GMT Screams and speeding car heard in Nicker Hill
7. 2150 GMT Red Fiesta drives from Bury lane to Selby Lane
8. 2240 GMT Red Fiesta parked where found by police next day

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