Catholic parents of murdered Julie Finley issue a desperate plea for help
An elderly Catholic couple say they have been “put through 20 years of hell and torment” not knowing who murdered their daughter as this week they made a fresh appeal for information.
Julie Finley, 23, was strangled and her body was dumped in a carrot field near the Rainford bypass in Merseyside.
A cyclist discovered her body at lunchtime on Saturday 6th August 1994. Miss Finley was last seen alive at about 11pm the previous night at the back of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
She was talking to an unknown white man of average height and build, aged in his 20s or 30s. A witness who came forward at the time said he saw a young woman, answering the victim’s description, arguing with a man at about 12.30am on 6th August outside the Wheatsheaf public house in Rainford, just 50 yards from where Miss Finley’s body was found the following day.
The unknown man was attempting to force the young woman into a white transit van, police said. Miss Finley’s parents, Albie, 70, and Pat, 69, have released a set of photographs of her growing up in a bid to shake someone’s conscience.
Merseyside Police is also putting up a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder. Miss Finley’s mother said: “Albie and I have been put through 20 years of hell and torment, and Julie’s sudden and tragic loss has affected the whole family.
“It’s difficult to explain what the last 20 years have been like, but for me I still feel like it’s 1994 and I’’m constantly waiting for Julie to come through the door, but she never does and never will.
“We had five children and Julie was the second eldest and it has been difficult for my other three daughters and my son to come to terms with her loss.
“We now have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Three of the grandchildren were born before Julie was taken away from us but none of them have memories of their auntie.
“Julie was a vibrant young woman who had a lovely personality and was very good natured – she would give you the last penny out of her pocket. She used to love listening to Phil Collins and Genesis and was always playing their songs on the stereo at home.
“She used to love taking her three nieces out when they were babies and she was brilliant with them. I am sure Julie would have been a fantastic mum, but sadly we have been robbed of so many things and all we have now are memories. We miss her so much, and have been left heartbroken by her death for 20 years.
“Our lives have never been the same since and we desperately hope that someone out there will understand our grief and pain and come forward so that we can begin to understand what happened to Julie, we need to know why she was taken from us.
“We want justice for Julie and would plead with anyone who has information which could help us get the justice our daughter deserves to speak to the police.” Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan, from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team, said:
“It’s 20 years since Julie was murdered and her family have never come to terms with the loss. This family can’t rest until they have seen justice done.”
Anyone with information should contact the incident team on 0151 777 8629, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. by Kim Pilling