A dog walker found the body of Susan Kelly on September 2, 2000, in an alleyway on Blessington Road, Anfield. The 38-year-old had suffered multiple injuries.
A man was charged with the murder of Susan in 2003, when a court heard that her throat had been slit with a small piece of pottery.
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However, the case was closed before the end of a trial by order of Judge Douglas Brown.
Speaking last year on the 20th anniversary of the murder, Susan’s mother Cathy Kelly attached importance to a boy who may have witnessed her daughter’s death.
Ms Kelly, of Bootle, said the day after her daughter’s body was found, she went to the crime scene and spoke to a group of prostitutes nearby.
One of the sex workers suggested that her own 12-year-old son might have information about what had happened. Ms Kelly said the boy described an argument between a man and a number of women.
She said: “He heard a bunch of women arguing and women crying at the entrance. Next thing a guy said “you just saw her f ****** didn’t you? This is what will happen to you if you don’t shut your mouth. “
Ms Kelly said the boy appeared terrified and would not speak directly to police, but detectives learned what he said and made efforts to try and locate the crying women.
Ms Kelly told ECHO that she recalled seeing a TV report about the discovery of a woman’s body at Anfield.
Relatives then came to her home and informed her that the victim was her daughter.
She said, “The next thing there was a knock on the door and it was our Bill (Susan’s brother) and his wife. I said ‘Oh hello, it’s not your style to call so late.’
“He said ‘sit down mom.’ I knew immediately that there was something wrong. He said ‘do you watch tv?’ I said ‘yeah?’
“He said ‘did you see the news?’ and as soon as he mentioned the news, I knew it. I said ‘no it wasn’t her’ and he said it was. “
Susan grew up in Litherland, attended Mabel Fletcher College and one day aspired to work with people with disabilities.
She established a stable relationship and had a baby boy in 1982.
Susan was a devoted mother until her then partner was involved in drug crime. Susan’s mother told ECHO her daughter’s mental health began to deteriorate after a group of violent criminals broke into her apartment looking for drugs and money.
Ms Kelly said that after this ordeal, Susan was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and formed a series of chaotic and dysfunctional relationships with other men.
Ms Kelly said her daughter had become addicted to drugs and tried sex work.
Police have re-appealed for information on the case.
Detective Superintendent Richie Salter said, “Time is not a barrier to bringing someone to justice.
“I urge anyone with information about the Susan Kelly murder who has not yet spoken to the police to come forward and speak to us. “
Anyone with any information is requested to contact DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.
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