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Hopes for new lead in murder.

DETECTIVES hope that a new appeal on BBC Crimewatch will bring fresh leads in the hunt for the killer of Melanie Hall, whose remains were found by a motorway 13 years after she disappeared.

Miss Hall, 25, went missing after a night out at a nightclub in Bath on June 9, 1996.

Bin bags containing her bones were found by a workman at the side of the M5 motorway in South Gloucestershire on October 5 this year.

Forensic tests show she had suffered blunt trauma and severe head injuries.

In 1996, Crimewatch broadcast a reconstruction of Miss Hall's last known movements, prompting more than 100 calls to the police incident room in Bath.

Crimewatch will feature the investigation again tonight, featuring clips from the 1996 reconstruction as well as new interviews.

The programme will speak to detectives, along with Miss Hall's parents, Steve and Pat, about their 13-year ordeal.

In the programme, Mr Hall says: "We now know that she was brutally beaten about the head, tied up in some bin bags and thrown away at the side of the motorway like a crisp packet and our focus is on finding that person responsible for that terrible act."
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Date:Oct 28, 2009
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