17/05/2018

Detectives Continue to Investigate Murder in Middlesbrough

Detectives are continuing to piece together the movements of 34-year-old Jessica Patel on the day that she was murdered.

Jessica, originally from the Leeds area, was murdered at her home on The Avenue in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, at around 8.20pm on Monday 14th May.

 No arrests have been made at this time, however, enquiries are ongoing.

As part of the ongoing police inquiry, officers have spoken with neighbours and local businesses, forensic work has been carried out at both the scene of the murder and the pharmacy where Jessica worked and officers have spent hours painstakingly trawling through CCTV footage to try to piece together her movements on the day of her death.

Neighbourhood officers have had an increased, high-profile presence in the Linthorpe area in order to reassure local people and to offer the chance for locals to speak to police directly. 

 Detective Superintendent Tariq Ali, from Cleveland Police, said: “A team of detectives continues to work hard to establish the facts about exactly what happened to Jessica on Monday evening.

“The murder happened in a quiet area of town, where local people have been left shocked by what has happened in their neighbourhood. Whilst we aren’t able to say much for operational reasons, people can be reassured that we do have officers working on this enquiry round the clock.

“Officers are continuing to trawl through hours of CCTV footage today, as they build a picture of Jessica’s movements prior to her death on Monday evening.

“We know that Jessica was a well-liked and well-respected member of the local community, and that a lot of people knew her from working at the pharmacy.

“Specialist officers are continuing to work closely with Jessica’s family to offer support to them through this extremely difficult time. 

“We would again continue to appeal for anyone with dash cam footage or other footage from Monday evening around the area of The Avenue, particularly between the junctions with The Crescent and Lancaster Road, to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting event number 85888. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.