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New clues in Leeds murder mystery EXCLUSIVE

Donna Healey.

Donna Healey.

  • by Sam Casey
 

What could be vital clues in an unsolved Leeds murder stretching back more than two decades can be revealed today.

Donna Healey’s partially mummified body was found dumped on Allerton Park, Chapel Allerton, exactly 22 years ago today.

Donna, who had been working as a prostitute in Harehills, had been about to turn 18 when she had gone missing nearly three years earlier.

It was not until 2003 that her body was finally identified.

Detectives still do not know how she died – or who killed her.

But today the YEP can reveal that murder squad police are launching a full re-investigation – and have shed light on the details they believe could help crack the case.

Det Chief Insp Jon Morgan, of the homicide and major enquiry team, told the YEP: “Donna’s family are still in limbo nearly 25 years after she disappeared.

“Understandably they want answers about what happened to her and we are determined to do all we can.”

Donna, who was originally from Bradford but was thought to be living close to where she worked, had last been seen alive on the eve of her 18th birthday in March 1988.

Her body was found on the edge of the overgrown grounds of the then Falloden Nursing Home on January 15, 1991.

The condition of the corpse suggested it had been kept in a cool, dry location during the intervening three years.

Police have now revealed for the first time key findings of a report by specialists into the case.

They believe her killer must have worked or lived in the area where the body was dumped – and had an urgent need to dispose of it.

Det Chief Insp Morgan said: “It could be that they were moving house, or a partner was moving in with them, or that there were due to be renovations that would disturb the place where they had stored the body.”

He added: “Everything suggests that the answer to Donna’s death lies in the Allerton Park area. It is very unlikely that place was chosen at random.”

He urged anyone with suspicions about someone whose home circumstances changed in 1991 to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 
 
 

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