People identified after detectives release new CCTV image in investigation into the murder of Vera Anderson 32 years ago


UPDATED: TWO people have been identified after detectives investigating the murder of Vera Anderson at Penketh, Warrington, 32 years ago, released new CCTV images.

Veronica Anderson, known as Vera, was found in Penketh in her car with her throat cut, in the early hours of 25 August 1991.

The 42-year-old had left her home in Widnes on the previous evening after receiving a call.

Vera left her home in Hadfield Close at about 10.10pm, asking a neighbour to take care of her six-year-old son as she left. Her body was found in her blue Cortina off Tannery Lane in Penketh shortly after 3am the next morning.
Her throat had been cut and a blood-stained glove and a length of sash cord had been left behind.

Despite numerous and lengthy enquiries, and appeals offering a reward for information, her killer has never been traced and the person who called her has not been identified.
Following an appeal in 2021 a 70-year-old man from Widnes and a 61-year-old woman from Warrington were arrested the following year due to information from the public. They were subsequently released without charge.

Detectives released a CCTV image of a man which was captured at Tesco Extra on Winwick Road in Warrington on 9 March 2013. He was in the company of a younger woman, who was also pictured.
Police have now identified both people and withdrawn their appeal.
No other details have been released at this stage.


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  1. Phil McCrackin and could you have found them!! No I think
    I remember this well and at that time the police did everything they poss could and supported her children.
    They have never closed it.
    Plus it was on Crimewatch a reconstruction. So please before you carry on have a go at the police and poss upsetting her children reading this. I suggest you let the police get on with it fps

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