Dad of murdered woman, 22, begs police to question Suffolk Strangler over death

A dad has called for police to quiz serial killer Steve Wright about the unsolved murder of his daughter.

Michelle Bettles, 22, disappeared in Norwich in March 2002 and was found dead in woodland several days later.

Dad John, 65, believes Suffolk Strangler Wright, 63, should be investigated again in connection with his daughter’s case.

Sex worker Michelle was known to have been a regular at the former Ferry Boat Inn pub in Norwich where Wright had been landlord in the 1980s.

Speaking ahead of what would have been Michelle’s 42nd birthday, John said: “I think he should be looked at again. I do know the Ferry Boat where he used to be and know Michelle went in there.

“Police say he wasn’t active at the time in Norwich, but unless he was locked up, as far as I’m concerned, he was active.”

Forklift driver Wright murdered five sex workers in Ipswich, Suffolk, in late 2006.

He was later convicted and given a whole life sentence.

Last month Wright was arrested over the 1999 murder of 17-year-old Victoria Hall.

Michelle, who worked in the red light district of Norwich, was last seen alive in the early hours of March 29, 2002.

Her body was found five days later in woodland 20 miles away near the A47. Forensic tests showed she had been strangled.

John, who now lives in Lincolnshire, still believes his daughter’s killer will be brought to justice. He said: “The hopes are that one day we will be in a court room and there will be a sentence passed.”

Regarding Mr Bettles’ claims, a spokespman for Norfolk Police said: “There is currently no evidence to suggest that there is any connection between the murder of Michelle Bettles and Steve Wright.”

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