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Last Updated: Friday, 21 November, 2003, 15:13 GMT
1993 unsolved murder reviewed
Karen Hale
Karen Hales was stabbed and her body set on fire
Police are reviewing the unsolved murder of a young woman killed in front of her 18-month-old daughter.

Karen Hales, 21, of Lavenham Road, Ipswich, was stabbed and her body set on fire in front of her daughter Emily at her home 10 years ago this weekend.

The murder on 21 November, 1993, started one of Suffolk's biggest murder hunts, but despite following up more than 1,400 leads, Karen's murder remains unsolved.

The investigation into the killing has been scaled down over the years, but it remains open.

On Friday, a Suffolk Police spokesman said the investigation is being reviewed.

'Advances in forensic science'

"Suffolk Police can confirm that a small team of detectives is currently re-examining the Karen Hales murder enquiry," he said.

"They are reviewing information gathered during the course of the initial investigation.

"Officers are also examining whether advances in forensic science, which did not exist at the time of the original investigation, may help move the investigation forward.

"Karen's family are aware of the review and will be kept informed of developments."

Anyone with information about the murder of Karen Hales is asked to contact Suffolk Police on (01473) 613831.

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