Melanie Hall: A mystery which has baffled police
The mystery of what happened to Melanie Hall on June 9, 1996, has tortured her family – and baffled police officers – ever since.
With every passing year the chances of finding the 25-year-old hospital worker alive slipped away and her parents' worst nightmare became more and more of a chilling reality.
The grim discovery of her body near the M5 in Bristol has answered one question, but it has blown the murder case wide open, leaving everyone wondering who killed Melanie?
On Saturday, June 8, 1996, the pretty blonde had arranged to stay at the Bath home of her boyfriend, Dr Philip Karlbaum.
They had been dating for three weeks after meeting on the orthopaedic ward of the Royal United Hospital, where they both worked.
Melanie's mum Pat dropped her off at Philip's home with an overnight bag. This was the last time she ever saw her and she reported Melanie missing three days later, when she failed to turn up for work.
Psychology graduate Melanie and Philip had been to a colleague's party on the night of Friday, June 7, and the following day they slept in until 11am.
After breakfast, they went into Bristol to do some shopping where Melanie, who lived with her parents in Bradford Leigh, near Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, bought a blue dress.
That evening the couple again went out, to a busy barbecue packed with around 60 people.
Later, she and Philip, along with another couple they knew, headed to the Cadillacs Nightclub in Walcot Street, Bath.
At some point, Philip is thought to have left in a "jealous rage" after he thought he saw her dancing with another man.
Her friends said goodbye to Melanie and left the club at about 1.10am on June 9, believing Philip was still there.
The man Melanie was dancing with in the club later came forward and was eliminated from inquiries.
Melanie's family have spoken many times of the heartache of not knowing what happened that night and the sadness at never seeing her again.
"It is never over," Mr Hall said. "We will have this with us for the rest of our lives. She was a lovely, kind girl who gave pleasure to everyone she met."
Since her disappearance, more than 2,000 people have been interviewed as detectives have tried to get to the bottom of the case.
When Melanie failed to return home or get in touch, the police and her family believed she had been murdered.
But it was not until an inquest at Bath County Court 2004 that coroner Paul Forrest pronounced she was dead.
Although he recorded an open verdict, he speculated it was likely she was unlawfully killed, and probably died soon after her disappearance.