Date: 13 Apr 1997
Carolyn Jackson was found dead in her kitchen, having been tied up, beaten about the head and asphyxiated.
She was a antique jewellery dealer and had worked from home where she lived alone.
It was thought that she had been beaten in an attempt to get her to provide the details of how to get into her safe where she kept a large amount of jewellery.
The police said that they thought that she had been attacked as she was unloading her car and going into her house after just getting back from a trip abroad on the Sunday morning.
She had had her hands and feet tied together and amongst the items taken was her Rolex watch.
However, her cause of death could not be determined as there were no strangulation marks or anything such as a pillow that she could have been suffocated with.
It was heard that she had also previously complained to the police at least twice about someone stalking her. In February 1997 she had complained that she had been followed by a vehicle near her home and then later saw a man standing outside her house. However, the police searched the area around her house with tracker dogs but could find no trace of the man. The police added that she had also reported other incidents.
The police said that they thought that she had been targetted by a person that had known the sort of items that she had at her house and that they might have been hanging about and waiting for her for a while over the previous days or weeks.
It was also noted that she had been security conscious and had fitted an alarm system to her home.
The police said that they were unable to open her safe to determine whether anything had been taken from it.
The police said that they were examining possible links between her murder and the murder of Janet Brown, a 50-year old nurse, who was murdered two years earlier about twenty miles away in Radnage in Buckinghamshire. They said that there were similarities but that there were no to strong links to suggest that the murderer was the same person.