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mock murder investigation, in order to train students in Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Science. Sally Gates from Bournemouth University explains more.

A Home Office Pathologists and the Detective Chief Inspector who led the Sarah Payne murder investigation have worked on the project, which was led by academics in the School of Applied Science at Bournemouth University.

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Vice girl seen with mystery man hours before murder.

By Sally Gates

Police have released an efit of the man

they believe was the last person to see murdered prostitute Lena Schneider alive.

The suspect is described as white, 5’8”, clean-

shaven with short greying

hair, wearing dark red, wearing dark red trousers and a khaki jacket.

Tourists spotted the pair climbing Hengistbury

Head together on Tuesday afternoon, but the man later boarded Mudeford ferry alone – with Lena nowhere to be seen.

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Her strangled body was discovered by a jogger just hours later.

Since her death, it has been revealed that Lena was working as a high- class escort under the name of Candy.

Police have spoken to

twelve former clients who have come forward voluntarily, and are keen to speak to more.

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Anyone able to identify the man shown in the efit, or who believes they have seen him since Tuesday, is being urged to contact the police on (01202) 963963.

The scenario centres around the discovery of a young girl, strangled and dumped in heath land at a Dorset beauty spot. The case progresses then through the police and forensic enquiry. Although entirely fictional, there is real evidence, real scenes of crime, real

forensic experts and a real Detective Chief Inspector.

“The only difference is that nobody actually died,” said Professor David Osselton, former Head of Toxicology at the Forensic Science Service, who now who heads up the Forensics department at Bournemouth University and led the exercise.

“We acted out the whole scenario, with actors playing the victim and the murderer. The story starts at the beginning when a body is found and goes right through to the conclusion with a conviction. It’s as real as you can get.”


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Dorset Gazette KILLED

The Thursday, 9 September, 2010 45p


Police launch manhunt after strangling at local beauty spot.

By Sally Gates

Detectives have opened a murder inquiry after a post mortem revealed the body of a girl found at Hengistbury Head had been strangled.

The girl has been identified as

23-year-old German, Lena Schneider from Torbay Road in Lower Parkstone.

Lena’s partly-clothed body was founds partly-clothed body was found by a jogger yesterday at 8am,

80 yards from the monument at the top of the head. Over 100 specially trained officers are searching the beauty spot, which has been shut off from the public.

DCI Hamish Taylor is leading the enquiry. He described Lena as. He described Lena as “a lovely young girl” who had no enemies or money worries.

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Lena was last seen as she left her house at 10am Tuesday to get into her purple Ford Ka. She was wearing a green dress with white spots and had blonde hair in a short bob. Her car was later found in the public car park at Hengistbury Head, less than a mile from the murder scene. DCI Taylor is appealing for anyone who saw Lena or her car, registration LM EV 144, after 10am yesterday to contact the Incident Room on 01202 963963.

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Lena’s neighbour Michael Walmsley, speaking yesterday, described her, described her death as ‘awful’. He said: “She was just a lovely kid, no boyfriend that I’m aware of. She tended to come and go a lot during the day; her little spaniel George is lovely.”

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The incident has shocked local people and businesses. Café owner Peter Ramsay told our reporter: “There were so many people around here yesterday and it appears none of us saw anything. I have been here eight years and cannot remember anything like this happening. It must be awful for the poor family.”

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Lena’s parents, Lukas and Anna, are now receiving support from two Family Liaison Officers. A source close to the couple said: “The family are devastated. Lena was such a nice girl. She left school in Germany with stacks of qualifications, and went on to Bournemouth University where she had just qualified as a social worker. Her parents and her brother Niclas are devastated and just want their privacy to be respected as they come to terms with what has happened.”

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Students will analyse fibres on clothing, DNA, drugs found at the scene, crime scene photographs, witness statements, police interviews, a mobile phone and more. They will also watch news coverage and a press conference.

Former Detective Chief Inspector, Martyn Underhill, who worked on high profile cases including the Sarah Payne murder enquiry said: "This is a world where you can’t make mistakes. Simulation is an important learning tool. It gives students the ability to test their own judgement, learn by their mistakes, and value the actual work done by the practitioners in today's forensic world.”

He continued: “It’s impossible for students to learn on real-life murder cases, so this is the next best thing. The scenarios used at Bournemouth University are the best I have seen. They professionalise forensic learning."

Further information:

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