Heartbroken mum fears she’ll die before finding out who killed teenage daughter

A heartbroken mother has expressed her fear that she will die without ever knowing who murdered her teenage daughter two decades ago.

Jackie Meloy is still desperate to know the culprit who killed her 17-year-old daughter, Lindsey Scholes, in an arson attack on September 8, 2001.

The blonde teen died after white spirit was poured through a letterbox at a house party in Royston, Hertfordshire, sparking the fatal fire.

Police have failed to uncover the killer – and now 58-year-old mum Jackie fears she will never learn the truth about her daughter’s death during her own lifetime.

Opening up about her concerns to The Sun, Jackie said: "Sometimes I still can't believe she's gone. At first it was like a dream and she was just on holiday or something.

"It was horrible having to finally accept she was dead at the cemetery.

"One minute you think you're alright and you have your other kids but the next moment you're thrown back into turmoil especially as we still haven't had justice.

"I sometimes think am I going to go to my grave without finding out what happened like the Moors Murderer victim's mum.”’

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Jackie has vowed to keep fighting for justice for Lindsey – and has appealed for a witness to step forward, stating she knows “someone out there” knows the truth about the beginning of the fire.

Lindsey had become trapped in the house fire after running upstairs to escape flames that were leaping from the front door.

Fire rescue teams found the teen face down in an upstairs bathroom and she was rushed to hospital suffering with burns to 18 per cent of her body and taken to an Intensive Care Unit.

Her family made the agonising decision to switch off her life support two days later.

Police later confirmed following an investigation that white spirit had been poured through the letterbox of the house.

While officers had earlier in the day been called to a disturbance on the same street – with officials believing there could be a connection between the two incidents.

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Despite six people being arrested in connection with the fire, no one has yet been charged.

Meanwhile, experts from South Yorkshire Police’s cold case team are now going to re-examine the case as they work through unsolved killings.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call police on 101 or report it to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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