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Driver Sought In Melanie Hall Murder Probe
Detectives investigating the murder of Melanie Hall want to speak to a motorist who they believe may have vital information.
Miss Hall, who worked at Royal United Hospital in Bath, went missing 17 years ago and her body was found dumped by the side of the M5 near Bristol in 2009.
The 25-year-old disappeared after a night out at Cadillacs nightclub in Bath in June 1996.
Launching a fresh appeal for information on BBC Crimewatch, police revealed they wanted to talk to the owner of a white VW Golf GTi hardtop - registration C752 CYE - during that summer.
Avon and Somerset Police also appealed to anyone who knew of the particular vehicle to come forward and help with the inquiry.
The car is believed to have links to Cardiff and the Pentwyn area of the Welsh capital between April 1996 to August 7, 1996. It was not registered with the DVLA during this time.
Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour said: "We are very interested in this car and its possible connection to Melanie's disappearance, and we are appealing for anyone with knowledge of it to contact us, even after all these years."
On the fourth anniversary of the discovery of her body last October, police said they had uncovered "significant and very interesting" information and forensic experts were examining a car which may be relevant to the murder.
Mr Courtiour said officers were still looking into that line of inquiry, while forensic tests continued on some blue rope that was used to tie up Miss Hall's body.
"Our work into Melanie's murder remains very much active and positive. We are following up a number of leads, of which this missing Golf GTi could be very important," he said.
A man was arrested last year on suspicion of Miss Hall's murder. The 44-year-old from Bath remains on police bail.