Police have issued a fresh appeal for information about the fatal attack of an American student who was stabbed to death while jogging in London 20 years ago today.
Margaret Muller, 27, was stabbed repeatedly while jogging in Victoria Park, Hackney, on the morning of Monday 3 February 2003.
However, the case was never solved, despite appearing several times on televised appeals.
Detective Chief Inspector Amanda Greig, of the Met’s Specialist Casework Team which investigates unsolved murders, said: “It has been 20 years since Margaret’s shocking murder – an attack which left an indelible mark on the consciousness of a generation.
“I know people may think that too much time has passed for anyone to be held accountable for this heinous crime, but that is simply not the case.
“We are very keen to receive new information that, for whatever reason, someone has felt unable to provide in the past.
“For two decades, Margaret’s family have had to endure the anguish of not seeing her killer brought to justice – this is something no family should have to live with and I urge anyone who can help to get in touch immediately.”
Margaret was found collapsed on a path between the rose gardens and the playground in Victoria Park at around 8.30am.
He had traveled from America to study at the Slade School of Art, University College London, and lived near the park.
An autopsy gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.
Detectives want anyone who was at the park on the day of the murder and has yet to come forward to contact them.
They also want to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in or around the Gascoyne estate on the day of the murder.
While detectives are keeping an open mind about a possible motive for the attack, current evidence suggests Margaret could have been the victim of a botched robbery.
As a result of previous appeals, detectives concentrated their efforts around the Queen’s Gate entrance to Victoria Park.
They are particularly keen to trace anyone who saw a person walk past The Britannia pub, officially called The Victoria Park Inn, and enter the park via the Queen’s Gate entrance at about 7.10am on the morning of the murder.
Detectives say witnesses may recall a person crossing the Queen’s Gate entrance along Gascoyne Street and towards the Gascoyne Estate between 8.30am and 8.40am. after the murder.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Met’s special case team on 0208 785 8267 or, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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