Margaret Muller murder – Eight years on, Police launch fresh appeal & reward

Margaret Muller

Eight years ago today, artist Margaret Muller was found collapsed in a pathway between the rose gardens and the children’s play area, in Victoria Park.

The 27 year old American of Wallis Rd E9, was a student at the Slade School of Art, University College of London, had been stabbed multiple times in a frenzied attack. Police are hoping a reward of up to £20,000 will lead them to tracing the person responsible for Margaret’s murder.

Officers are still appealing to anyone who was in the park on 3 February 2003, and who has yet to come forward, to contact them. They are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in or around the Gascoyne Estate on the day of the murder, especially people who were there that morning.

Margaret was white, and had short dark brown hair. She was wearing a pair of black leggings, a green fleece top a pink woolly hat and grey trainers.

The path Margaret was jogging along when she met her killer

As a result of other appeals they are very keen to speak with anyone who saw a person walk past The Britannia pub, formally called The Victoria Park Inn, and enter the park through the Queen’s Gate entrance at around 7:10 am on the morning of the murder. Or did you see someone running back through the Queen’s Gate entrance along Gascoyne Road and towards the Gascoyne Estate between 8:30 am and 8:40 am, shortly after the murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, who is leading the investigation for the Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “Margaret was a talented young woman with a bright and exciting future ahead of her. That was all taken away when she was brutally struck down in Victoria Park eight years ago.

“Officers have worked tirelessly on this case and have managed to sift through literally hundreds of pieces of information and leads. Despite the tremendous support from the local community we know that some people still hold vital information about Margaret’s murder.

“Together with information already gathered they could help us achieve justice for Margaret and her family and friends. We urge anyone with new information to come forward and assist us.”

Margaret who had been living in the UK since 1998 was buried in her home town of Falls Church, Virginia.

Two people arrested following Margaret Mullers arrest have been eliminated.

Teenager Elias Cecchetti was 15 yrs old in 2003, when he chased stabbed and seriously injured teacher Monica Watts in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington. He was eliminated because he was in police custody at the time of her murder.

Christopher Duncan,25, was convicted of murdering law student Jagdip Najran. Duncan battered her over the head with a metal baseball bat then stuffed her body into a suitcase at his Bethnal Green flat.

Anyone who can assist is asked to contact the Incident Room on 020 8345 1585; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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