MONDAY'S LATEST: Two cyclists may have seen the killer of Saudi student Nahid Al-Manea in Greenstead, Colchester

Essex County Standard: MONDAY'S LATEST: Nahid's body laid to rest in Saudi Arabia MONDAY'S LATEST: Nahid's body laid to rest in Saudi Arabia

TWO cyclists could be key witnesses to the murder of Saudi student Nahid Al-Manea and may have even seen her killer. 

The pair were seen cycling along the Salary Brook Trail, from the direction of the university, at 10.45 am on Tuesday.

It is believed they could have cycled past the Essex University student who was attacked between 10.20am and 10.40am. 

The man is described as being olive skinned with dark hair. He was in his early 20s and looked tall and slim.

The woman is thought to be in her 20s with long dark hair. She was wearing what has been described as a flowing pattern tiered shirt.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron said: "I would appeal for these witnesses to come forward and help us with the investigation into Nahid’s murder. They may have seen Nahid before she was attacked and they may have even seen her killer. I would also urge anyone who may know who these people are to contact us and tell us who they are.

"Please do get in touch with us. Any information they have no matter how small could help us.”

He also asked people to spread the word about the appeals to friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues

Ms Al-Manea's body has now been flown back to Saudi Arabia.

Thousands of people turned out to mourn the death of the microbiology lecturer, who was stabbed to death on Colchester's Salary Brook Trail on Tuesday morning. 

The number of people who went to her burial is usually only seen when kings or princes die.

Nahid, 31, was a lecturer at Al-Jouf University and had left in April to study English at Essex University.

Essex County Standard:

 

Essex County Standard:

Her body was repatriated to the Al-Jouf region of northern Saudi Arabia, and she was buried on Saturday. 

Investigators are today continuing to search lakes on the Salary Brook Trail for clues relating to Nahid's murder. 

The student was stabbed 16 times on the trail on Tuesday morning. 

Essex County Standard:

Essex Police are not officially linking the murders of Jim Attfield and Nahid Al-Manea, but they "are mindful of similarities". 

Jim, 33, was found fatally wounded after being stabbed 102 times near to Lower Castle Park at 5.45am on March 29. 

Nahid, 31, was stabbed 16 times while walking from her home in Woodrow Way, to Essex University on Tuesday morning.

Essex County Standard:

SEE TODAY'S GAZETTE FOR THE LATEST ON THE ESSEX POLICE INVESTIGATION IN NAHID'S MURDER

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12:17pm Mon 23 Jun 14

*Leon* says...

No longer the town or the place we grew up in the 70's, completely unrecognizable.
RIP our heads held in shame.+
No longer the town or the place we grew up in the 70's, completely unrecognizable. RIP our heads held in shame.+ *Leon*
  • Score: 34

3:58pm Mon 23 Jun 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

*Leon* wrote:
No longer the town or the place we grew up in the 70's, completely unrecognizable.
RIP our heads held in shame.+
I agree.....i knew greenstead when only the first phase had been built , i recall the 70's there , and growing up in that exact area. SHOCKING.
[quote][p][bold]*Leon*[/bold] wrote: No longer the town or the place we grew up in the 70's, completely unrecognizable. RIP our heads held in shame.+[/p][/quote]I agree.....i knew greenstead when only the first phase had been built , i recall the 70's there , and growing up in that exact area. SHOCKING. SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 11

4:46pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Colchester9773 says...

Is this not also possibly linked to the stabbing that happened near Lesiure World the other week; where they were disturbed and the guy was taken to hospital and survived. Three knife attacks and one potential; there needs to be much more police presence and the lights at night left on as I feel worried and quite vulneable at the moment.
Is this not also possibly linked to the stabbing that happened near Lesiure World the other week; where they were disturbed and the guy was taken to hospital and survived. Three knife attacks and one potential; there needs to be much more police presence and the lights at night left on as I feel worried and quite vulneable at the moment. Colchester9773
  • Score: 9

5:06pm Mon 23 Jun 14

wormshero says...

Colchester9773 wrote:
Is this not also possibly linked to the stabbing that happened near Lesiure World the other week; where they were disturbed and the guy was taken to hospital and survived. Three knife attacks and one potential; there needs to be much more police presence and the lights at night left on as I feel worried and quite vulneable at the moment.
Two people have already been charged with the leisure world attack so it seems unlikely they're related: http://www.gazette-n
ews.co.uk/news/11253
976.Two_men_charged_
with_robbery_followi
ng_attack_near_Leisu
re_World/
[quote][p][bold]Colchester9773[/bold] wrote: Is this not also possibly linked to the stabbing that happened near Lesiure World the other week; where they were disturbed and the guy was taken to hospital and survived. Three knife attacks and one potential; there needs to be much more police presence and the lights at night left on as I feel worried and quite vulneable at the moment.[/p][/quote]Two people have already been charged with the leisure world attack so it seems unlikely they're related: http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/11253 976.Two_men_charged_ with_robbery_followi ng_attack_near_Leisu re_World/ wormshero
  • Score: 2

6:54pm Mon 23 Jun 14

chatter123 says...

leon
what a good thing you say"our heads held in shame" a human being lost her life. i cant get it through my head how a man takes another man's life. whenever i think about her last moments in life blood boils in my body. such a coward act.
thanks for all those fund raising charity work holding her name. my sister in islam Jannatul ferdous where you belong insha Allah.
our prayers for you and your family.

thanks for being considerate Leon
regards from Riyadh,SA
leon what a good thing you say"our heads held in shame" a human being lost her life. i cant get it through my head how a man takes another man's life. whenever i think about her last moments in life blood boils in my body. such a coward act. thanks for all those fund raising charity work holding her name. my sister in islam Jannatul ferdous where you belong insha Allah. our prayers for you and your family. thanks for being considerate Leon regards from Riyadh,SA chatter123
  • Score: 19

11:20am Tue 24 Jun 14

Misty4 says...

*Leon* wrote:
No longer the town or the place we grew up in the 70's, completely unrecognizable.
RIP our heads held in shame.+
While I agree with your initial sentiments, I don't think that the actions of one or two individuals should cause a whole town to 'hang our heads in shame'. I'm certainly not hanging mine in shame as, like the entire town bar a very few, I had nothing to do with any of this. That's not to say that I don't feel for the families of those who have died, but to suggest that all the individuals of an entire town should feel shame is nonsense.
[quote][p][bold]*Leon*[/bold] wrote: No longer the town or the place we grew up in the 70's, completely unrecognizable. RIP our heads held in shame.+[/p][/quote]While I agree with your initial sentiments, I don't think that the actions of one or two individuals should cause a whole town to 'hang our heads in shame'. I'm certainly not hanging mine in shame as, like the entire town bar a very few, I had nothing to do with any of this. That's not to say that I don't feel for the families of those who have died, but to suggest that all the individuals of an entire town should feel shame is nonsense. Misty4
  • Score: 7

10:15pm Tue 24 Jun 14

MISS PIP says...

I agree with you Leon. I really hate the town that my children grew up in. The town where I had happy memories. The town I was proud to call my home . Not now. Two people have been murdered for no obvious reason. People are living in fear. I have family living close to both murders and they are afraid. I cannot begin to imagine how the families & friends are coping with this. I can only send my most sincere condolences to both families.
I agree with you Leon. I really hate the town that my children grew up in. The town where I had happy memories. The town I was proud to call my home . Not now. Two people have been murdered for no obvious reason. People are living in fear. I have family living close to both murders and they are afraid. I cannot begin to imagine how the families & friends are coping with this. I can only send my most sincere condolences to both families. MISS PIP
  • Score: 1

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