Longhurst murder set for Crimewatch appeal

The murder of schoolteacher Jane Longhurst is set to be the subject of a Crimewatch appeal this week.

The news follows on from the arrest of a 35-year-old man last Friday. He was later released on police bail.

It has been eight days since Miss Longhurst's body was discovered at Wiggonholt Common, near Pulborough, Sussex. Jane Longhurst, a 31-year-old music teacher, went missing on March 14. Her body was found at the popular beauty spot on April 19 after an attempt had been made to set fire to it. Police believed that Miss Longhurst was strangled quite some time before the killer made the botched attempt to destroy her body.

A match, a box of matches and the victim's watch were recovered from the scene and sent for forensic testing. Following the find, investigating officers said that they were "just one step away" from catching the killer.


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