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New tests produce DNA sample as Police continue to hunt for killer of Janet Brown in 1995 – £20,000 reward offered

| April 10, 2015

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Twenty years after the murder of Janet Brown in 1995 Thames Valley Police have renewed their appeal for information to try to catch her killer.

Mrs Brown (pictured above) was a research nurse with Oxford University’s Public Health & Primary Care department. She was murdered at her home in Sprigs Holly Lane, Radnage near Chinnor in 1995.

The 51 year old mother of three had been gagged, handcuffed and had been repeatedly struck to her head. A post mortem revealed that Mrs Brown died of head injuries.

Thames Valley Police believe she was killed sometime between 8.15pm and 10.15pm on Monday 10th April 1995. Her body was found the following day, Tuesday 11th April 1995, by a builder and his son who were due to carry out work at Mrs Brown’s home.

There was no evidence that a sexual offence had taken place and nothing had been taken from the property.

Head of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Investigation Review Team, Peter Beirne said: ‘Today marks the twentieth anniversary of Janet Brown’s death at her home in Buckinghamshire. Despite a thorough and professional investigation, the offence remains undetected.

Any murder is horrific but this was particularly heinous crime considering Janet was murdered in her own home, which should be a place of safety.

Further, the method of entry was also very strange because one pane of glass had been removed while the second pane of glass had been smashed, however it is not clear whether it was broken from the outside or from the inside.

The time of the murder is also unusual because any intruder would expect to the home owner to be in on a weekday evening.

We have commenced a review of the investigation. This has included submitting items to laboratories in order to take advantage of developments in forensic science over the past 20 years.

These new tests have produced a DNA sample. It does not belong to the family, and we believe it could be a vital piece of evidence linking the killer to the scene.

Janet’s death left three children without a mother. We want to bring justice to Janet’s family.

If people have suspicions I would urge them to contact the police. With this new DNA evidence it should be a simple task to either eliminate or implicate people as the source of this DNA.

A reward of £20,000 has been offered by both Thames Valley Police and Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Janet’s murder.

You can contact the Major Crime Investigation Review Team via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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