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By Alexander Baron     Nov 3, 2013 in Crime
Greenhithe - Claire Tiltman was murdered 20 years ago, but the police have not given up on catching her killer. Two months ago it was reported they were following new lines of inquiry.
Sadly, this is far from the only such murder in recent years for which the perpetrator has escaped justice. Four years ago, lady chef Claudia Lawrence disappeared off the face of the Earth. It is possible that Miss Lawrence is still alive, people do go missing and then turn up years later, but there was absolutely no reason for her to do so. She simply did not turn up for work, and all her personal effects were found in her home.
Recently, her father spoke to the BBC about the review of her case, but there appear to be no new clues or leads at present.
Ten years ago, 88 year old Phyllis Mayoh was killed after confronting a burglar in her own home. Refusing to give up her purse, she broke her hip in the resulting tussle. As can happen with the very elderly, a serious or even a not-so-serious break can lead to complications, opportunistic infections, etc, and she died in hospital. Little is known of her assailant except that he was a teenager. There has been a renewed appeal.
Claire Tiltman was just four days short of her 16th birthday when she was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack at Greenhithe, Kent.
In 2003, 10 years on, there was renewed hope of catching her killer on account of advances in DNA technology. Sadly, this came to naught. There is though a prime suspect. Colin Ash-Smith is currently serving 3 life sentences for attacks on women that were strikingly similar to the murder of Miss Tiltman. In September, police searched his father's home; Aubrey Ash-Smith said he would disown his son if it came to light that he was responsible.
There is a dedicated Claire Tiltman website which has been very active in recent weeks. This is a crime that needs to be solved.
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