Police appeal to solve mystery disappearance of April Fabb

Mail Online | 4/8/1969 | Amie Gordon For Mailonline
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Detectives have launched a fresh appeal to solve the mystery of a 13-year-old who vanished without trace as she cycled through the countryside.

April Fabb went missing on April 8, 1969, as she cycled away from her home in the hamlet of Metton, near Cromer in Norfolk during half-term, the day after Easter.

Schoolgirl - Miles - Sister - Home - Cigarette

The schoolgirl was riding just two miles to her sister's home to deliver some cigarette's to her brother-in-law, when she disappeared in the space of just seven minutes.

The 13-year-old's father and mother died in 1998 and 2013, respectively, without any closure as to what had happened to their daughter or who was responsible.

Child - Killer - Robert - Black - Suspect

Notorious child killer Robert Black was considered a viable suspect, but there was insufficient evidence to prove any involvement.

Now, some 50 years later, despite a lack of any credible evidence or leads, police have reopened the case in a bid to uncover the truth behind the mystery of 'Norfolk's Mary Celeste and Lord Lucan'.

April - Home - Hamlet - Metton - Norfolk

April left her home in the hamlet of Metton, Norfolk during half-term on April 8, 1969, to cycle two miles to her sister's home to deliver cigarettes to her brother-in-law, for his birthday.

Minutes after, April stopped to chat to a couple of friends at a farm next to a field where donkeys were grazing.

Farm - Worker - Afterwards - Bike - Field

She was seen by a farm worker shortly afterwards and her bike was seen in a field by the side of the road just seven minutes later.

In that seven-minute window, the 13-year-old had vanished without trace and was never seen again.

Disappearance - Enquiry - History - Norfolk - Police

The disappearance led to the biggest enquiry in the history of Norfolk Police, with detectives chasing dozens of leads and enlisting so many officers it more than doubled the population of the tiny village of Metton, where she was last seen.

But half a...
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