Police appeal for key Amelie witness

Last updated at 12:28 01 September 2004

Detectives hunting the killer of French woman Amelie Delagrange are searching today for a key witness who was seen near her moments before her murder.

Police have released CCTV footage of a man walking in front of the 22-year-old just one minute away from Twickenham Green.

Miss Delagrange was bludgeoned to death on the Green, in south west London, shortly after 10pm on Thursday August 19.

The dark-haired man is seen walking along a road and appears to be wearing a white T-shirt, possibly jeans and what looks like a dark top draped over his shoulders.

Yesterday police revealed they had questioned a 22-year-old man in connection with the murder after he was arrested in Whitechapel, east London, on Saturday.

He was later released on bail pending further inquiries but then detained under the Mental Health Act.

Officers are following up more than 100 calls they received after a reconstruction last week of Miss Delagrange's final journey.

They are also investigating possible links with her murder and a number of similar attacks in the area, including the killing of 19-year-old Marsha McDonnell in February last year.

Detectives believe the key to the case could lie in nearby Walton-on-Thames, where several of Miss Delagrange's belongings, including her house keys, were found dumped in the river.

They are now urging the man on the latest CCTV footage to come forward, describing him as a "valuable witness".

The incident room can be contacted on 0208 247 7911.

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