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Julia: The hunt goes on

THREE years after the brutal murder of housewife Julia Webb, her husband is convinced her killer will be caught.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Rigby

THREE years after the brutal murder of housewife Julia Webb, her husband is convinced her killer will be caught.

On the third anniversary of his wife's death, John Webb has spoken of his continued hope that someone will be brought to justice.

He said: 'We want to know who, what and why and hopefully that day will come sooner rather than later.'

'I've waited three years. I have every confidence in the police and so have my family. One day they will call with some good news.'

Mr Webb, of Weaverham Road in Sandiway, said that his wife, whose battered body was found in woodland just yards from her home, would have been delighted at the birth of Charlotte, their first grandchild, earlier this year.

'Julia would have been overjoyed, she would have been over the moon and would have spoilt her rotten,' said Mr Webb.

He also spoke of his sadness that Julia's father Bill Peake, died before his daughter's killer was caught.

He said: 'I am disappointed that Julia's father died before discovering who, what, when and why.

'Bill lived in a nursing home and every time I went to visit, the first thing he would do was ask about the investigation.'

Last Sunday was the anniversary of Julia's death and police have renewed their appeal for information from the public. Officers will make door to door inquiries today and hand out thousands of leaflets to passing motorists and residents in selected areas.

Mrs Webb's body was found on Wednesday, July 22, 1998. The 52-year-old mother-of-two had left her home at 3pm to go for her usual walk with her pet labrador, Rosie, but never returned.

Her son Christopher found Rosie and his mother's body was discovered among the trees in the woods off Kennel Lane.

She had died from head injuries after being battered several times with a blunt instrument.

An extensive murder hunt has failed to find the killer, though exhaustive inquiries have taken place throughout Mid Cheshire and beyond.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Rigby is determined to keep the case in the public eye in the hope that someone will come forward with a vital piece of information.

'We want to reassure Mrs Webb's family and the public that the investigation continues and we are still taking this case very seriously.'


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