Crimestoppers launch renewed appeal into the murder of Janet Brown, 25 years on

Janet Brown was murdered in Radnage in 1995 in what is believed to have been a burglary gone wrong.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 1:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 1:16 pm
Janet Brown was tragically murdered in 1995

Crimestoppers have renewed their appeal to anybody who may know anything about the murder, and are offering a £10,000 reward for information.

This is on top of Thames Valley Police's £20,000 reward.

On 10 April, 1995, Janet Brown, 51, was bludgeoned to death in her home in Sprigs Holly Lane, Radnage, Buckinghamshire. She had been at home alone that evening.

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Mrs Janet Brown worked as research nurse in Oxford University’s Public Health and Primary Care department.

It is believed she was killed between 8.15pm and 10.15pm on Monday 10 April.

The 51-year-old nurse had been handcuffed, gagged and struck on the head several times.

It is thought that she sadly died from severe head injuries.

Her body was discovered on Tuesday 11 April 1995 by a builder and his son, who were due to do some work at her property.

Speaking in April, Roxanne Brown, Janet's daughter says: “The police have worked really hard - in recent years we've managed to get a DNA profile but we just really need a vital clue to really pinpoint or lead us to the killer or killers and just be able to put all of that behind us."

There was no evidence of a sexual assault and it has not been established whether this was a burglary gone wrong.

Annabelle Goodenough, South East Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said:

“Janet Brown is described by her family as being a peaceful lady who loved nature and travelling.

"Her life was cruelly cut short by this terrible crime 25 years ago.

"Our charity would like to see justice for Janet and her family and hope that after all these years, maybe loyalties have changed or someone who knows something now feels able to finally do the right thing and tell us what they know.

"We believe that everybody has the right to be safe in the sanctuary of their own home.

“We are to offer this £10K alongside Thames Valley Police’s reward to offer a combined reward of £20,000. We hope this will encourage anybody who can make a difference to come forward with information they may have, no matter how big or small they think it may be.

“If you have any suspicions at all about who may be responsible for this crime, please do the right thing for Janet’s family who desperately need answers. Nobody will ever know you contacted our charity, only you.

“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information for over 32 years, since our charity began. We have always kept our promise of anonymity to the millions of people who have trusted us. Every day over a thousand people contact us. You can speak to us anonymously by calling our UK Contact Centre which is open 24/7 on 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”