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Melanie Hall Murder: 'Significant' New Clues
Police investigating the murder of Melanie Hall say they have received "significant" new clues that could help catch her killer.
Miss Hall, 25, went missing 17 years ago and her body was found dumped by the side of the M5 near Bristol in 2009.
On the fourth anniversary of the discovery of her body, police said they had uncovered "significant and very interesting" information and that forensic experts were examining a car which may be relevant to the murder.
Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour, leading the murder inquiry, said: "Over the past four years we have received information, intelligence and names that we have taken seriously, researched and thoroughly investigated.
"We have recently received information concerning the origin of the blue rope that was used to tie up Melanie's body. It is significant information and we are actively working on that line of inquiry.
"We are working with forensic scientists in relation to the rope and the circumstances of where that particular length of rope came from.
"Also, we have recently found and recovered a car that may be relevant to events in 1996 when Melanie disappeared.
"It is a white, A-registered, mark 1 Volkswagen Golf GTi cabriolet which is currently being examined by forensic scientists. At this stage we do not know if it is connected with the case, but it is a very interesting and possibly significant line of inquiry."
Miss Hall, who worked at Royal United Hospital in Bath, disappeared after a night out at Cadillacs nightclub in Bath.
A worker clearing vegetation from the side of the motorway near Thornbury, Gloucestershire found her remains on October 5, 2009 and she was identified as the victims two days later.
Miss Hall's father, Steve, said: "This is very positive news. Gradually the pieces of the jigsaw are being put together to bring Melanie's killer or killers to justice.
"We always knew it would take a long time, but these new developments appear very encouraging.
"It's time for whoever has information about Melanie's murder to come forward and bring this to an end - because it will come to an end eventually. The police won't give up until they get a result."
The investigation team has taken about 250 statements and collected 1,200 pieces of evidence since Miss Hall went missing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the murder incident room at Avon and Somerset police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.