- Teenage prostitute Natalie Pearman was found dead in a Norwich lay-by in 1992
- DNA was recovered but Norfolk Police have been unable to match it to a profile
- All police need is a name to run through the system to see if it matches the killer
Natalie Pearman murder ‘could be solved with a DNA test’
The killer of a teenager prostitute who was found suffocated in a lay-by 25 years ago could have been brought to justice with a simple DNA test – but police have never been given a name to match their samples.
Natalie Pearman, 16, was found dead in a lay-by in Norwich, Norfolk at 3.50am on 20 November 1992.
A post-mortem examination found Natalie, who had been working as a prostitute on the city’s streets, had been suffocated.
Norfolk Police said DNA was recovered from the crime scene at the time and that catching her killer was a ‘simple matter’ of matching it to a profile.
Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, who leads the force’s cold case team, said: ‘Natalie’s murder is one of those cases that could be easily solved with one piece of information.
‘There are people who know, or strongly suspect, who was responsible and I’m sure that plays heavily on their consciences.
‘All we need is a name and we will do the rest.’
Natalie was last seen alive at 1 15am and her body was discovered by a lorry driver en route to work later that morning.
Police said there were signs of sexual activity shortly before her death and officers loaded DNA collected at the scene on to the national database.
Officers have interviewed more than 4,000 people and taken samples from numerous men.
Posters that were circulated to the public appealing for information after Natalie Pearman was murdered 25 years ago
However, there has been no match despite developments in forensic profiling.
Det Ch Insp Millar said: ‘Natalie was little more than a child when she was murdered and her and her family deserve that this case is resolved.’
A YouTube video made by police in 2012 was released to try to jog people’s memories.
Detectives have probed possible links to serial killer Steve Wright, who murdered five sex workers in Ipswich, and murderer Peter Tobin, but without success.