Locals asked to help solve Julie murder

Murder victim Julie Finley
Murder victim Julie Finley
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WIGAN folk have been urged to cast their minds back 20 years to help solve one of the areas few unsolved murders.

On the 20th anniversary of the death of Julie Finley, police have made a fresh appeal to the public to help catch her killer and offered a £20,000 reward.

The 23-year-old’s body was found in a carrot field on the Rainford by-pass between Up Holland and St Helens.

Her mum Pat said: “My husband Albie and I have been put through 20 years of hell and torment, and Julie’s sudden and tragic loss has affected the whole family. For me I feel it’s 1994 and I’m constantly waiting for Julie to come through the door, but she never does, and never will.”

Julie was last seen alive at about 11pm on Friday, August 5 1994, at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. She was talking to an unknown white man, of average height and build, aged in his 20s, or 30s. A witness who came forward said he saw a young woman answering Julie’s description arguing with a man after midnight outside the Wheatsheaf pub in Rainford, 50 yards from where her body was found. He was trying to force the young woman into a white transit van.

Detectives have previously appealed for anyone who had seen a white transit van near to the entrance of the field where Julie was found, and a passer-by did call detectives following the murder to say they had seen a van at this location.

Det Supt Tim Keelan, from Merseyside Police’s Matrix Serious Organised Crime team, said: “We are still keen to speak to a friend of Julie, called Tina, who contacted the investigation shortly after the murder. Tina told officers that Julie had said she was going to meet a taxi driver from Prescot. Tina never phoned back. I would appeal to Tina to search her conscience and recontact us, as she could have vital information which could help Julie’s family in their fight for justice to be done.”

Anyone with details should call police on 0151 777 8629, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.