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3 November 2011, 10:04
South Yorkshire Police have joined forces with the partner of a murdered Sheffield mum in a renewed bid to trace her killer.
It's almost a decade since Michaela Hague was brutally stabbed and left for dead on waste ground at Spitalfields, Sheffield.
Now the officer leading the case, Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray, and Mick Holmes, Michaela's partner and dad of their son, are making a fresh appeal for help.
Mick is also meeting PC Richard Twigg, for the first time, who was the first officer at the scene that night and scrawled details and a description, given by Michaela, onto the palm of his hand.
These included that her killer was "clean shaven" and wore a "wedding ring".
Twenty-five-year-old Michaela, from Pitsmoor, was involved in street prostitution.
Police believe she was picked up in the Bower Street area some time after 7pm on Bonfire Night, 5 November, 2001, and later seen in the Corporation Street area.
Michaela was found semi-conscious by a friend shortly after 8pm in a secluded car park at Spitalfields. She'd suffered 19 stab wounds to her neck and back.
Despite the best efforts of Pc Twigg, paramedics and hospital staff, Michaela died at the Northern General Hospital almost three hours later.
Det Supt Ray said: "A major investigation room was set up after the incident and teams of detectives worked tremendously hard, including having a reconstruction featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme. Despite all this, Michaela's murder remains undetected.
However, as with any case of this kind, it is subject to review. And with advances in technology and forensic work, we are always looking for that extra vital piece of evidence that can help us solve the crime and hopefully bring some sort of closure for the family - and the killer to justice.
I've been looking very closely at this case as it approaches its ten-year anniversary and have a team of dedicated investigators that have been reviewing both old lines of enquiry and exploring any new leads.
I'd appeal for anyone with information, who was in the area that night or even in the days before Michaela's death to contact us as a matter of urgency on: 0114 296 3713. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555111.”