Was Missing Girl Turned into Kebabs? Nov 1, 2013 23:10:49 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Nov 1, 2013 23:10:49 GMT -5
Charlene Downes: Murder Hunt Reopened
BLACKPOOL, Lancashire, U.K. – Police are reopening their investigation into the unsolved murder of 14-year-old Charlene Downes on the 10th anniversary of when she was last seen alive.
Charlene went missing on November 1, 2003 and her body has never been found.
During the 2007 trial of a Jordanian takeaway owner and his Iranian business partner, who were both acquitted of Charlene's murder, the court heard the teenager was one of a number of young white girls who gravitated to Blackpool's fast food outlets to have sex with older men.
Prosecutors claimed her body was chopped up and had "gone into kebabs."
The two men received compensation of more than £230,000 after being found not guilty.
A new senior investigating officer has been assigned to Charlene's case full-time along with a team of specialist officers.
They will also investigate the disappearance of 15-year-old Paige Chivers in August 2007.
Her body was never found and police have not ruled out a link between the cases. Paige had also been connected to sex exploitation in the area.
Police have made four arrests on suspicion of Paige's murder over the years but all have been freed without charge.
Lancashire Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: "We know that people are more confident in coming forward to report historic information nowadays and this may be the case here.
"Charlene and Paige's friends, obviously just teenagers at the time they went missing, will now be grown up and may have their own children.
"I would hope they may be more confident now in coming forward and telling us what they may know."
The British National Party (BNP) has organised a memorial to Charlene and will hold a rally against "Muslim grooming gangs," which they have repeatedly claimed were responsible for her exploitation.
However, confidential police documents and witness statements quoted by the Times newspaper, suggested Charlene was systematically abused throughout her life by a range of men, many of them white.
Source: SkyNews, November 1, 2013.