On December 23, 1992, it was cold and foggy, and 14-year-old Johanna Young left her home around 7:30 p.m.
Between 7:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., Johanna was seen going to and walking around the Town Centre in Watton several times. After 8:45 p.m., Johanna was not seen again, and she did not go back home.
Johanna’s parents didn’t realise she wasn’t home until her alarm went off at 6 a.m. the next day and she didn’t answer it.
Because it was foggy, they thought she had spent the night at her boyfriend’s place. The problem wasn’t reported to the police until Johanna didn’t show up for her 7 a.m. paper route.
Because there was no clear reason for her disappearance, the case got a lot of attention in the area in an effort to find her.
A member of the public was walking his dogs in Griston Road, Watton, on Saturday, December 26, 1992, when he found Johanna’s training shoes in the bushes. He told Watton Police about the find.
The area was searched, and Johanna’s body was found that night in a marlpit that was full of water.
Johanna’s body was about 125 to 140 yards from where her running shoes were found. It was face down in the water, and her lower clothes, including her jeans, were gone.
Her body was covered in scratches, and an autopsy later showed that she drowned and broke her skull.
In 1993, a big investigation was done, and a number of local men were arrested, but no one has been charged with Johanna’s de*ath.