In a poignant plea for assistance, the family of the late Melanie Hall, a murder victim from Wiltshire, express their profound sorrow and grief, marking 27 years since her tragic passing. Featured prominently in an upcoming documentary, Melanie’s father, Steve, and her sister, Dominique, aim to rekindle interest in the unresolved case.
Melanie, a 25-year-old hailing from Bradford on Avon, held a clerical position at Bath’s Royal United Hospital. The final confirmed sighting of her dates back to 1:10 AM on Sunday, June 9, 1996. Seated on a stool at Cadillacs nightclub in Walcot Street, Bath, she was concluding a night out with friends.
It was not until October 5, 2009, that her remains were discovered, carefully placed in a black bin liner near the M5’s northbound slip road at junction 14 in Thornbury. The heartbroken parents, Steve and Patricia Hall, had previously offered a £50,000 reward for any leads that would lead to an arrest and conviction.
In the Channel 5 documentary scheduled for Thursday, September 28, at 9 PM, Melanie’s family recount the profound impact her disappearance had on their lives. Steve reflects, “When Melanie was tragically taken from us, it wasn’t just one life that was shattered, it reverberated through countless others. My own, my wife’s, my daughter’s, my mother’s – somewhere out there, there are individuals privy to Melanie’s fate. If they could come forth with information, offering insight into what transpired that night, we could find some solace, knowing we’ve done all we can for our child. Our family is forever marked by this deep sorrow, an irreplaceable void.”
Dominique adds, “I implore that someone might consider my ageing parents, now nearing 80. Extend a morsel of compassion or empathy for them, and realize that now is the time to provide the answers they yearn for.”
Leading the investigation, Superintendent James Riccio hopes the documentary will evoke memories and stir consciences, urging anyone with information to step forward. He emphasizes, “Even the tiniest fragment of information could be the key to resolving this case and illuminating the truth behind Melanie’s fateful night.”
Riccio sheds light on an E-fit released in 1996, depicting a man seen inside Cadillacs nightclub alongside a woman resembling Melanie. This remains a focal point of their public appeal, and they are eager to identify this individual.
Additionally, there’s interest in an unconfirmed sighting of a woman, potentially Melanie, engaged in an altercation with a man in Old Orchard, near the nightclub entrance, between 1:45 AM and 2:00 AM.
“We have a multitude of leads we’re actively pursuing. This remains an ongoing investigation, and there may be further related developments in the near future.”
For those willing to contribute, you can reach out directly through the Major Incident Public Portal or visit the dedicated Melanie Hall appeal page. Alternatively, contact the police hotline at 10 or reach out to Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.