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Last Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK
Car may help solve murder mystery
Daniel Morgan (picture: The Morgan family)
Daniel Morgan was a father-of-two
Police have recovered a sports car which could help solve the murder of a Welsh private investigator in London nearly 20 years ago.

The 1957 Austin Healey belonged to Daniel Morgan, found with an axe in his head in a pub car park in 1987.

The car was discovered in a London lock-up garage last month, and detectives have also traced new witnesses in their hunt for the killer.

Mr Morgan, 37, was originally from the village of Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire.

He was the co-owner of a firm called Southern Investigations, which employed off-duty police officers.

Mr Morgan's body was found at the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south London.

'Optimistic and encouraged'

Several arrests have been made since during the five investigations into his death, but charges have been dropped due to a lack of evidence.

However, there is renewed hope the case could be solved.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said through extensive work, new witnesses and the benefit of new forensic techniques and legislation, some significant progress had been made recently.

"New evidence has been uncovered during this investigation, including the recovery of Daniel's Austin Healey," she added.

"The car went missing from the garage Daniel was using to restore it shortly after his murder.

Daniel Morgan's Austin Healey (picture: Metropolitan Police)
Mr Morgan worked on restoring his Austin Healey

"Whilst we do not believe that the person who sold it on to the current keeper in 1998/99 had anything to do with the murder, we cannot ignore the potential that he was in some way connected to those responsible who sought to benefit out of the sale."

Mr Morgan's brother, Alastair, from London, said he hoped the case was finally going to be solved.

He added: "We're optimistic and encouraged by these developments.

"We've been aware of them for some time now, unlike in some previous investigations where we kept in the dark and denied information."

Mr Morgan and his mother Isobel, from Hay-on-Wye, Powys, are due to meet deputy assistant commissioner John Yates, Det Supt David Cook and chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Len Duvall, next month to discuss the case.




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