“People being asked to lie” say Police over suspected murder of Marsha Wray

16 October 2013

One of the “cold cases” that the Major Crime Unit is reviewing is the disappearance and suspected murder of Harrogate woman, Marsha Wray.

Marsha was last seen alive on Friday 24 January 1997 after she had dropped her children off at school.

She had never previously been reported missing and was a devoted and loving mother.

There have been no sightings of Marsha since this date.

Despite previous intensive investigations, searches and public appeals, what happened to her and where she is now, remains unsolved.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, Head of the Major Crime Unit, said:

It is perhaps ironic, but I worked on this case as a young detective when Marsha went missing from Harrogate in January 1997.

I remain as determined now to bring closure to this case and provide answers to her family and friends.

The Major Crime Team will do everything possible to bring the person responsible for her disappearance and murder to justice.


Det Supt Malyn stressed the importance of public to come forward with information to assist police investigations, especially historic cases that require a crucial breakthrough said:

As with many successful prosecutions in ‘cold cases’, we rely on the support from our communities in terms of providing information we can work with and generate the necessary lines of enquiries to find the evidence and answers.

I remain convinced that there are people who may have information that could help us with this investigation even now. All I ask is for them to contact us so that we can establish the relevance and importance of what they have to say.

I fully appreciate that people are often reluctant to come forward for many different motives. All I can assure them is that our staff are skilled and trained and will provide the necessary support.

Even if you don’t want to talk directly to the police, there is also Crimestoppers should they wish to offer that information anonymously.

If you can help, please do the right thing and come forward.

Anyone with information that could assist the Marsha Wray investigation, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and pass details to the Force Control Room.

If you would prefer not to give your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote “MARSHA WRAY APPEAL” when providing information about this case.

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