Hove seafront driver may hold vital clues to 21-year-old woman’s murder

Posted On 26 Jun 2015 at 8:51 pm

A driver on Hove seafront may hold vital clues for detectives trying to solve a murder case.

Sussex Police said that the murder victim, 21-year-old Janet Muller, is thought to have approached a car, believed to be a Ford Mondeo taxi, just hours before she was killed.

Janet Muller

Janet Muller

Detectives believe that she went up to the car in Kingsway, Hove, near the corner of Medina Villas, at 1.12am on Friday 13 March.

The Brighton University student’s body was found in a burning car in Ifield, Crawley, later the same day.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi, who is leading the investigation for the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “We urgently need to identify the driver of this car as they may be able to provide vital information to the investigation.

“We have released images of Janet after she left Mill View Hospital of her walking in Portslade – in a subway at 10.33pm on Thursday 12 March 12 – the second in Station Road at 12.28am and the final one walking east towards Brighton and crossing Sackville Gardens near the BP garage at 12.55am.

“This new information places her just a few streets away near to Medina Villas.

“If you are that driver, please get in touch.

“Equally if you saw her in the area around those times or perhaps a little later, please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Madeira.

“Even if you think you may have seen her or that your sighting was only brief, please do call as your information could prove very important to us.”

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, 26, of Lakeside, Beckenham, London, has been charged with her murder. He will next appear at Guildford Crown Court on Friday 3 July.

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