Crimestoppers offer £20k reward for killer of schoolgirl murdered 25 years ago


The brother of a schoolgirl who was murdered 25 years ago has implored ­anyone with information to help bring her killer to justice.

Kate Bushell, 14, suffered a fatal knife wound to her throat in fields just 300 yards from her home on November 15, 1997.

Her body was found by her dad in Exwick, Exeter in Devon.

Detectives remain convinced someone holds the final clue to help convict her killer and are urging them to come forward.

A reward of £20,000 has been offered by Crimestoppers for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Kate’s older brother Tim said: “Kate was taken from my family and me when she was murdered near our home whilst walking a friend’s dog.

“There isn’t a day that goes past where my family and I don’t think of her, what life would be like, what she would have achieved, and all the family milestones we have been unable to include her in.

I’d implore anyone who has been unable to do so previously to share any information with the police so they can apprehend the person responsible and achieve justice for Kate.”

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Rob Back said: “We have never forgotten Kate. We appreciate that 25 years is a long time but someone must know what happened that day.”

The death of the St Thomas High School pupil prompted one of the largest and longest unsolved murder enquiries by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Three suspects have been interviewed and released without charge.