Fresh call to catch killer of schoolgirl

A fresh appeal for help in solving the murder of a Leigh schoolgirl 34 years ago has been launched.

Friday, 7th December 2018, 2:25 pm
Updated Friday, 7th December 2018, 3:30 pm
Lisa Hession

It was on the night of December 8 1984 that the body of 14-year-old Lisa Hession was found in an alleyway only a few dozen yards from her home in Boneywell Road, Leigh.

The Bedford High School pupil had been sexually assaulted and strangled as she walked back from a party.

The horrific death triggered a huge manhunt, hit national headlines and has been subjected to numerous re-appeals and investigations, not least because of advances in DNA technology to which precious samples taken from the scene behind Rugby Road can still be subjected.

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But in the years since that tragic night, no one has been charged.

Last year a £50,000 reward was offered in the hope of finally cracking one of the few unsolved murders but sadly it did not bring the hoped-for breakthrough.

It was revealed much later after the killing that a man had been arrested soon after the killing but released without charge. He died 13 years ago and is said still to be a “person of interest.”

Lisa’s tale took a further tragic twist two years ago when her 69-year-old mum Christine went to her grave without seeing the perpetrator brought to justice.

Martin Bottomley, head of Greater Manchester Police’s cold case unit, said: “Until the perpetrator of this awful crime is brought to justice the file on Lisa Hession will never be closed.

“It is a particularly sad case. A schoolgirl went for night out shortly before Christmas and never came home.”