Unsolved 2005 murder in Eastbourne... case still open

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THE HORRIFIC murder of a young mother on Eastbourne seafront seven years ago remains unsolved.

Despite a £10,000 reward, no-one has yet been brought to justice for the death of Jennifer Kiely, who was killed seven years ago on Sunday.

The 35-year-old mother-of-three, who was described as a drifter who slept rough, was raped and stabbed and her body was left in a burning seafront shelter on January 22 2005. She had been subjected to a frenzied attack and stabbed 16 times.

Despite a major police investigation, desperate pleas from her family and the reward offered by the police, her killer remains at large.

This week Sussex Police said the case on Jennifer’s death remained open.

A spokesperson said, “This tragic case is still open and we will always be grateful to receive any new information, which will be treated in confidence and thoroughly followed up.”

Jennifer was originally from South London, but had been living in Eastbourne for just a few months before her death with little or no contact with her relatives.

Police know that at about 1am she was walking along the seafront when she was probably confronted by her killer.

Her body was found in the early hours in a thatched, half-timbered shelter overlooking the sea.

Her killer built a bonfire in the shelter and set fire to the body in an attempt to destroy the evidence. The seafront shelter was later demolished.

Two local men were arrested at the time and questioned but later released without charge.