Five new ‘persons of interest’ in 1992 murder

Police have identified “five new persons of interest” after appealing for information about the murder of a teenage prostitute 25 years ago.

A lorry driver found Natalie Pearman’s body in a lay-by on the outskirts of Norwich shortly before 4am on 20 November 1992.

The 16-year-old, who had been working as a prostitute in the city’s red light district, was last seen alive in Rouen Road at 1.15am on the same day. A post-mortem examination concluded she died of asphyxiation.

Cold case detectives received 45 calls after issuing a new appeal last month. The information included two sightings of Natalie which have since been dismissed as mistaken.

“We are in the process of taking DNA samples from all men which will be run against DNA that was recovered from the crime scene,” a spokeswoman from Norfolk Police said.

That DNA profile was loaded onto the national DNA database.

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While more than 4,000 people have been interviewed, with a “large number” providing samples for DNA testing, a match from the crime scene has never been found.

“Natalie’s murder is one of those cases that could be easily solved with one piece of information,” Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar has previously said.