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Police make witness appeal in Rebecca Aylward murder investigation

Police investigating the murder of a south Wales teenager have made a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Rebecca Aylward, known as Becca, was found dead near Aberkenfig on the 24 October

The body of 15-year-old Rebecca Aylward was discovered in woodland just outside Aberkenfig, Bridgend on Sunday, 24 October.  A 16-year-old boy is currently in custody charged with her murder.

Police are trying to piece together Rebecca’s movements in the day before her death.

The last confirmed sighting of Rebecca was in Sarn Hill, Sarn, at around 12.30pm on Saturday, 23 October when she was dropped off by relatives to visit a friend.

South Wales Police say they are particularly keen to speak to three men who may have seen her on the Saturday.

She was reported missing by her mother in the evening when she failed to return home.

Police would now like to speak to anyone who may have seen Rebecca in the Church Street area of Bridgend at around 1pm on Saturday, 23 October.

They would particularly like to speak to two men who were seen walking a dog along the street from the direction of Bridgend Road, around 13:00 BST and then walking back around 1.20pm.

One of the men was wearing a light or cream-coloured hoodie-type top, said police.

They would also like to speak to a man seen being dropped off from a car, possibly a Citroen Saxo or similar vehicle, in Church Street at around 1pm, or soon after, who was wearing a red coloured top.

“We would like to stress that these men are in no way suspects but may have information about Rebecca’s movements at around this time on the Saturday before her death,’ said Detective Superintendent Paul Burke, senior investigating officer for the enquiry.

“If you think you are one of these men, or you were in the area at around 1pm on the Saturday, we would urge you to contact the incident room in Bridgend on 01656 679585. You may have some valuable information that could help this investigation.’

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the incident room number above or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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