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Murder of Debbie Linsley on board Orpington train to Victoria remains unsolved 25 years on

PUBLISHED: 10:08 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:15 21 March 2013

Debbie Linsley, 26, had been visiting her family when she was murdered.

Debbie Linsley, 26, had been visiting her family when she was murdered.

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The killer of Bromley woman Debbie Linsley remains wanted by police 25 years after her brutal murder on board a train travelling from Orpington to Victoria.

Screams were heard by a passenger after Debbie's train left Brixton.Screams were heard by a passenger after Debbie's train left Brixton.

The killer of Bromley woman Debbie Linsley remains wanted by police 25 years after her brutal murder on board a train travelling from Orpington to Victoria.

The 26-year-old was stabbed to death in broad daylight after boarding the train at Petts Wood on Wednesday, March 23 1988.

Police are renewing their appeals and offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to arrest, charge and prosecution of the person responsible for the murder.

Debbie had been visiting her family in Bromley after moving to Edinburgh where she worked as a hotel manager.

Debbie's father revealed his daughter suffered five stab wounds.Debbie's father revealed his daughter suffered five stab wounds.

Her train arrived at Victoria just before 3pm where her body was discovered surrounded by blood as British Rail workers checked for remaining passengers.

The subsequent post mortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart. The murder weapon was believed to have been a heavily bladed knife with a length between five and seven and a half inches.

Her father, Arthur Linsley, says his daughter was stabbed at least five times in an attack described as “savage and brutal”.

He added: “Debbie had deep defence wounds on her hands but despite this she injured him during the struggle.

“As a result of this a full DNA profile has subsequently been obtained of the attacker. So here we have a probable repeat violent offender and we have his full DNA profile but he is not on the DNA Database. I find that very puzzling.”

“There must be a partner, relative or friend out there who knows of someone who returned home with an unexplained injury and we are appealing for that person or persons to come forward.

“After all we only need one phone call if it is the right one.”

Her attacker was injured during the murder and left samples of blood at the scene.

Detectives are now using state of the art DNA techniques to try and identify the killer, with no arrest ever made in connection with the investigation.

Det Ch Insp Chris Burgess, head of specialist crime review group, said: “The passage of time has not diminished the shocking nature of this crime, it has just made it harder to bear for her loved ones when justice has not been achieved.

“We still believe there are people out there with information that could be vital to a breakthrough in the case.”

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives on 0207 230 3893 and 0207 230 0992. Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous then call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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