Cliff Tiltman appeals to find daughter Claire's killer

Claire Tiltman
Image caption Claire Tiltman was murdered while she was on her way to see a friend in 1993

The father of a Kent schoolgirl stabbed to death in an alleyway exactly 19 years ago has made an appeal from his nursing home to find her killer.

Cliff Tiltman, 62, said it would "mean everything" to him to find out who murdered his daughter Claire in Greenhithe, in 1993.

"It's been a long time but I've never given up hope and never will," he said.

"I can't begin to put into words how this has affected our family. She would have been 35 now. I miss her to bits."

Claire was murdered just off the A226 London Road while on her way to see a friend.

The Dartford Grammar School for Girls pupil was stabbed more than 40 times, in an apparently motiveless attack, four days after her 16th birthday.

No-one has ever been charged with the murder.

Two years ago, Kent Police investigated after a handwritten sign claiming to name the killer was found next to a plaque in memory of the teenager.

'Only me'

The man was traced but ruled out of the murder inquiry.

Claire's mother Lin died at the age of 56 in 2008 with the case still unsolved.

Image caption Cliff Tiltman, who is now in a nursing home, said he would never give up his quest

"Claire has gone. Her mum has gone. There is now only me," said Mr Tiltman.

"I try to stay strong but will still hide and cry my eyes out for an hour."

Det Chief Insp Rob Vison said police believed Claire's killer had been a local person.

"Someone must know who he or she is," he said.

"At the very least, someone must have strong suspicions and has a duty to come forward.

"The breakthrough we, and Cliff needs, could be just one phone call away.

"Advances in technology around DNA mean that we can review opportunities which were not available to detective 20 years ago."

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