Unsolved murder: Inquiry still continuing 12 years after Sunderland teenager’s killing

Scott Pritchard.

Scott Pritchard.

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Detectives leading the hunt for the killer of a Sunderland teenager say the case remains open, 12 years after he was beaten to death outside his home.

Scott Pritchard, 19, was found unconscious outside the rear of the house he shared with his mum Kathleen in Lindsay Close, Hendon

Scott Pritchard.

Scott Pritchard.

He was pronounced dead at Sunderland Royal Hospital a short time later.

A post-mortem examination found he had died as a result of several injuries caused with a blunt instrument.

Police have never found the murder weapon and ploughed huge resources into trying to find who was behind the brutal death.

Officers took more than 1,300 statements, carried out 115 interviews and collected 2,141 exhibits as part of the case.

Unsolved murders are never closed and are all subject to periodic reviews.

Detective Superintendent George Duff

They also searched the lake in Mowbray Park as part of the inquiry, one of the biggest crime investigations in Sunderland’s history.

Today, Detective Superintendent George Duff from Northumbria Police, said: “Unsolved murders are never closed and are all subject to periodic reviews.

“If any new information comes to light about Scott Pritchard’s death it will be fully investigated.”

His mum Kathleen has previously called for justice for her son.

Scott Pritchard.

Scott Pritchard.

“There are others out there who know what happened to Scott, but haven’t spoken up,” she said in an appeal in 2013 for information to find her son’s killer. “They’re nothing but cowards.

“Somebody out there has the information that is going to make a difference.”

Anyone with information can contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Scott Pritchard, aged three, near to the spot where he was killed at the back of his Hendon home

Scott Pritchard, aged three, near to the spot where he was killed at the back of his Hendon home