DNA tests cut suspect list
A LONG-running murder investigation is to get a new focus in 2004.
A team of detectives is still investigating the killing of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed on the moors near Huddersfield in 1975.
They revealed earlier this year they had made a significant breakthrough using latest technology which had produced a DNA profile of the murderer.
The DNA was found from tiny traces of semen collected at the murder scene.
Police have so far ruled 800 people out of the inquiry - but in 2004 will be taking DNA samples from a further 350 in their relentless bid to catch the killer.
Lesley vanished from a street near her Rochdale home one Sunday lunchtime in October 1975.
Her body was found dumped on moorland near a layby on the A672 Oldham to Halifax road above Ripponden three days later.
She had been stabbed 12 times and sexually assaulted.
Once they had the DNA, police moved quickly to rule out the men at the top of the list of suspects and they are now methodically working through the rest.
Calderdale Police commander Chief Supt Max Mclean, who is leading the investigation, said: "Unfortunately all we have done is eliminate people so far and we are looking forward to the time when we get a call from the laboratory saying we have got a match."
Even if the suspect is dead, he can be ruled out by simple DNA tests on living relatives.
Police have also tested DNA from Rochdale tax clerk Stefan Kiszko who served 16 years in jail for Lesley's murder before his conviction was quashed by the Appeal Court in 1992. He died aged 41 in December 1993 and DNA tests on him proved negative.
Chief Supt Mclean said: "This case is sensitive for West Yorkshire police officers. We know we have got it wrong before by convicting Stefan Kizsko. We would dearly love to catch the real killer."
The investigation is being carried out by six detectives.
Police still want people to come forward with the names of anyone they may have suspected at the time of Lesley's killing.
A man aged about 35 was seen leading a girl on to the moors near where Lesley's body was found. If this was the killer, he could now be in his 60s.
* Anyone with information should phone the murder incident room on 01422 337047.