Hunt continues for Sunderland teenager’s killer 10 years on

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A HUNT for the killer of a teenager continues today – 10 years after he was murdered just metres from his home.

Scott Pritchard was discovered dying just at the rear of his family home just after 7pm on Wednesday, January 7, 2004.

The 19-year-old was found unconscious on the ground at the back of Lindsay Close in Hendon. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Despite one of the biggest police hunts in Sunderland history, his murder today remains unsolved.

Extensive inquiries, including a search of Mowbray Park lake, failed to find the murder weapon.

A post-mortem examination concluded Scott had died from injuries caused by a blunt instrument.

Massive resources were ploughed into finding the killer, with investigating officers taking more than 1,300 statements, conducting 115 interviews and collecting 2,141 exhibits.

Scott’s mum Kathleen Prichard, 53, has spent the past 10 years calling for help to convict the person responsible.

The mum, who says she has spent much of the past decade tackling depression, said last year: “There are others out there who know what happened to Scott but haven’t spoken up. They’re nothing but cowards.”

Kathleen refuses to move from the home she shared with her son, despite the tragic memories that haunt her every day.

The mum, who also has another son, Brett, 26, and daughter Melanie, 23, has appealed through the Echo for help.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Unsolved murders are never closed and are regularly reviewed. If new information is received or there are new forensic developments these are acted upon.”