Detectives are renewing their appeal over the murder of a mum on the 40th anniversary she disappeared.

Police launched an investigation on June 11, 1984 after Shelley Morgan, 33, failed to pick her children up from school or return to her home on Dunkerry Road, Bristol.

Tragically, her remains were found four months later, on Sunday 14 October 1984, in woodland off Long Lane, near Backwell.

A forensic post-mortem examination confirmed she’d suffered multiple stab wounds and while there was no evidence of sexual assault, it’s believed the attack was sexually motivated.

A murder investigation followed, and the case continues to be regularly reviewed but sadly, her killer has never been traced.

Detective Inspector Dave Marchant, of the Major and Statutory Crime Review Team, said: “We will never give up trying to identify the person responsible for Shelley’s murder and for leaving her two young children without their mother.

“Forty years may have passed but our resolve has not lessened, and we remain committed to providing her family with answers and, if her killer is still alive, to bringing them to justice.

“We know Shelley was wearing a scarlet-coloured top, a white skirt and marroon-coloured tights along with large red circular glasses. And we know she had with her a homemade patchwork bag and her 35mm Olympus OM20 camera.

“Neither her clothing or her camera have ever been recovered but we remain hopeful someone may yet come across the camera as it’s still popular with collectors

“If you own an Olympus OM20 camera from the 1980s with the serial number 1032853 please get in touch.”

Speaking five years ago, on the 35th anniversary of Shelley’s disappearance, her sister Hollie Brian said: “Shelley’s death had a profound effect on our family and her loss has been felt ever since.

“For 35 years, I’ve watched the events of Shelley’s life pass by without her, it’s been 35 years of silence in the life she didn’t get to live.

“I’ve come to believe that people aren’t really dead until the people who love and remember them have passed also. As long as we carry Shelley in our hearts she’ll always be with us but we’re all getting older and the time is going to come when all those doors are closed.”

Call the Major and Statutory Crime Review Team via the 101 non-emergency number.