July 1981, 15-year-old Karen price ran away from
her children's home.
1989, Karen' Price's body was found,
it was discovered by two builders who were digging up
land behind a house.
The body had been wrapped in a
carpet. it was little more
than a skeleton and some rotten clothing. Various tests
on her teeth and an analysis of her physical attributes
gave the police clues as to her age, height and race.
From the evidence of insect life in the remains and the
soil surrounding it, and the evidence of the clothes she
was wearing, the time of death could be placed as
between 1981 and 1984, and it also showed that the body
had not been buried immediately after death.
Richard Neave of the University of Manchester
reconstructed the girl's face using the skull. From this
she was recognised, and DNA profiling and dental records
The model was shown on the television programme
Crimewatch UK in the hope that it would bring further
evidence to light.
Idris Ali recognised her, and was
persuaded by friends to phone in and give evidence. It
came to light that Ali was Karen's small time pimp, and
that Charlton was a client. Charlton had killed her
after she refused to pose for pornographic photographs.
Charlton was sentenced to life imprisonment, whilst Ali,
who was under age at the time of the murder, and didn't
play as great a part as Charlton was convicted of
manslaughter, and ordered to be
detained at Her Majesty's pleasure, Ali had
1994, Ali released from
March 2016, an appeal
launched by the Criminal Cases review commission, stated
that the convictions of Charlton and Ali may be unsafe,
this was taken to the high court, to have their
convictions quashed, the appeal was rejected.