Killer cabbie ruled out of Melanie case
Detectives investigating the murder of Melanie Hall have said they do not believe Swindon killer Christopher Halliwell was responsible for her death.
Reports in national newspapers have said that police were looking into the possibility that the killer of Sian O'Callaghan had also committed a number of other crimes across the West.
There was speculation that officers from Avon and Somerset Police were making inquiries about whether he had been working as a taxi driver in Bath on the night hospital worker Melanie disappeared in 1996.
The 25-year-old's body was discovered on the side of the M5, near Thornbury, in 2009 and nobody has ever been charged with her murder.
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But a spokesman for the Avon and Somerset force said the link was not a line of inquiry they were pursuing.
He said: "The murder investigation is still open and any new information about the case is always welcome.
"However, at the moment there is nothing to suggest that Halliwell is linked to the murder of Melanie Hall."
Last Friday 48-year-old taxi driver Halliwell, from Swindon, was handed a life sentence after admitting to the murder of 22-year-old Sian, who he picked up outside a nightclub in March last year.
He had also confessed to police that he had killed Becky Godden-Edwards, who was last seen alive by her family in December 2002, and led them to a site in Gloucestershire where her body was buried.
However, this case has been ordered to lay on file because Halliwell's confession has been ruled as inadmissible by the case judge.
But Wiltshire Police are now looking back through their cold cases to see if he could be responsible for any number of unsolved murders in the county.
These include the disappearance of Vietnamese immigrant Thi Hai Nguyen, who went missing in Swindon in 2005, and the case of Sally Ann John, who went missing in the town in 1995.
Melanie, from Bradford Leigh, was last seen at what was then Cadillacs nightclub in Walcot Street in June 1996.