POLICE are reopening the investigation into the murder of a young man whose body was found in a burnt out car 18 years ago after a “significant new lead”.
Following a new line of enquiry detectives from Warwickshire Police’s Major Investigation Unit are today appealing to the public for help into the murder of 26-year-old George Tweedie from Bedworth, whose family live in Keresley, Coventry.
Detective Inspector Teresa McKenna from Warwickshire Police Major Investigation Unit said: “As with all cold cases, we have kept this investigation under review. Now we have a significant new lead and have taken the decision to reopen it.
“Many people were spoken to as part of this investigation but we believe there may be evidence that was not disclosed to detectives.
“Nobody has ever been brought to justice for Mr Tweedie’s death and his family have had to live with this for 18 years. For their sake, I would urge anyone with information that could help with our investigation, no matter how small, to make contact with us. Your information could be the missing piece of the jigsaw.”
George’s body was discovered in a burnt out car in Buxton, Derbyshire on May 7 2002 and a post-mortem revealed Mr Tweedie died following a blow to the head from a blunt instrument.
An inquest in Coventry in January 2004 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing. Three people were convicted of perverting the course of justice in connection with the victim’s death and served prison sentences, but no-one has ever been convicted of the killing Mr Tweedie.
Over many years the victim’s devastated parents Hugh and Bettie Tweedie, from Keresley Close, Keresley, Coventry fought for justice for their son.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Warwickshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.