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York Murder Investigation: Search for 'Blood Stained' Man Witnesses

Nicole Waterhouse and Karen Browne 221013

8:26pm 22nd October 2013

Detectives investigating a murder and attempted murder in York, have released images of the victims as they appeal for more information.

The murdered woman has been named as Nicole Selena Waterhouse, 32, from York and the woman who suffered serious injuries has been named as Karen Browne, 23, also from York.

Police are releasing a photo of both victims in an attempt to establish their movements prior to the attack. The injured woman remains too ill to be interviewed.

Officers are appealing to members of the public who may recognise the women from the photographs and may be able to establish their movements in the hours leading up to the attack.

The 25-year-old man was arrested at 2.20am on Monday 21 October 2013, at address in the Peter Lane area of York, in connection with the incident which occurred at an address on Phoenix  Boulevard, Leeman Road, during the evening of Sunday 20 October 2013.

Magistrates have granted officers further time to question the suspect until midnight on Tuesday 22 October 2013.

The addresses where the body of the 32-year-old woman’s body was found and the suspect was arrested remain cordoned off, while meticulous forensic searches take place.

Officers using a specialist search dog, carried out searches on Monday 21 October 2013, of the Bootham area and Museum Gardens in the city.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, of North Yorkshire Police's Major Crime Unit, said: “Both girls suffered multiple serious injuries and the attack must have been a sustained one. Clearly Nicole died from her injuries and Karen is critically ill in hospital.

“Detectives will be guided by medical staff as to the appropriate time to speak with Karen.

“To assist this investigation we appeal to anybody who can assist us with both girl’s movements during Sunday 20th October from approximately 7am through to the time they were discovered at approximately 7.30pm. If you were with either or both of them and can assist us piece together where they have been during these hours, it is essential that you come forward.

“The suspect responsible must have been heavily bloodstained. He may have changed his clothing at the scene or got changed sometime later and then discarded the clothing. This we simply don’t know yet but ongoing forensic examinations in place. We are still looking for the weapon or weapons used.

“However we do believe the suspect has been in the vicinity of Coney Street between 7pm and 8pm on Sunday evening and was in a green Barbour type jacket. He is 25 years of age and is described as white with short light brown hair, over 6ft tall and athletic build. 

“We are also still searching for mobile phones belonging to the victims and suspect. These are a white Samsung Galaxy phone in a pink slip cover and a white iPhone.

“Again therefore, we appeal to the public for their help; Did you see a man as described with bloodstained clothing and shoes; have you found any blood stained clothing; and, have you found any phones similar to those in the street?”

Anyone who can assist detectives to progress their investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Crime Unit. Alternatively, information can be emailed to majorcrimeunit@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Anyone who would prefer to remain anonymous should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 55511, quoting reference number 12130182574.


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