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Patrick Hurling: New appeal in 25-year-old accountant murder

Photo of Patrick Hurling Image copyright Hertfordshire Police
Image caption Patrick Hurling died 25 years ago

Detectives are to re-interview witnesses in connection with a murder in Hertfordshire 25 years ago.

Accountant Patrick Hurling, 45, was found beaten and strangled at his house in Bengeo Street, Hertford on 1 December 1990.

His daughter Lorna Ringer, 44, said a "black cloud" hung over the family as they searched for answers.

Three people were arrested in connection with the case at the time but no-one has ever been charged.

Mr Hurling's family said it was fully supporting the new police investigation and remained "desperate for answers".

"It won't take our pain away but it will help us grieve dad for who he was and not have that black cloud over him and us," she said.

Image caption Lorna Ringer was 19 when her father Patrick Hurling was found murdered on 1 December 1990

Det Sgt Dave Taylor, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit, said: "I am convinced someone, somewhere will have some information they may not have shared with police previously which could be vital to solving the case."

Mr Hurling was found dead in the early hours of 1 December 1990.

The night before he had been drinking at The Angel Public House in Waltham Abbey, across the road from his office.

He left the pub and drove home in his BMW 7 Series car arriving there at about 23:00 GMT.

Image caption Mr Hurling drunk at a pub in Waltham Cross the night before he was murdered

The case was reopened following advances in forensic technology. Police said officers wanted to re-interview a number of witnesses identified in earlier inquiries.

Patrick Hurling murder

During the initial investigation in 1990

600

statements were taken

  • 1,700 people interviewed

  • 1,800 lines of inquiry pursued

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Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for any new information on the murder.