Detectives investigating the murder of Melanie Hall have received “significant” new clues they hope could provide a breakthrough in the long hunt for her killer.
Miss Hall, 25, went missing 17 years ago and her body was found dumped by the side of the M5 near Bristol in 2009.
Yesterday on the fourth anniversary of the discovery of her body, police revealed they have uncovered “significant and very interesting” information.
A Volkswagen Golf recently discovered by officers is being examined by forensic experts.
Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour, leading the murder inquiry, said: “We have recently received information concerning the origin of the blue rope that was used to tie up Melanie’s body. It is significant information and we are actively working on that line of inquiry.
“Also, we have recently found and recovered a car that may be relevant to events in 1996 when Melanie disappeared. It is a white, A-registered, mark 1 Volkswagen Golf GTi cabriolet which is being examined by forensic scientists.
“If anyone has any information about the circumstances of Melanie’s disappearance and her murder or can connect that car to what happened to her in 1996, please contact us and tell us what you know.”
Miss Hall, who worked at Royal United Hospital in Bath, vanished after a night out at a club in the city in June 1996.