MELANIE Hall’s family have spoken of the devastating impact of her death.
Here’s everything we know about Melanie’s parents Steve and Patricia and her sister Dominque.
Who are Melanie Hall’s parents Steve and Patricia?
Steve and Patricia are Melanie Hall’s parents.
In June 1996, 25-year-old Melanie disappeared without a trace after a night in Bath.
Her remains were tragically discovered in a bin bag on the side of the M5 motorway in October 2009.
Before her disappearance, Melanie had taken a job at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, where mother Pat worked as a nurse.
In July 2016, Steve and Patricia offered a £50,000 reward for any details that would lead to the conviction of Melanie’s killer – and this sum was doubled by The Sun.
Three years ago, Steve, an artist and teacher, also appealed for more information in this article.
Although Melanie’s murder attracted much attention, her killer was never found.
Steve now hopes a documentary on Channel 5 called Body in the Bag: The Murder of Melanie Hall will encourage more people to come forward with information.
Steve, who lives in Bradford on Avon, near Bath, told The Sun: “We are scared of how she felt at the time.”
“As a father, you want to be there for your children, especially in times of crisis.”
“I wasn’t there and I just hope she didn’t suffer too much.”
Steve and Melanie’s mother Pat never gave up hope of finding the murderer.
Who is Melanie Hall’s sister Dominique?
Melanie Hall’s sister Dominique was 27 when her brother disappeared on June 9, 1996, after a night at Cadillacs nightclub.
Mother-of-three Dominique last saw her sister at her parents’ house on the Friday before she disappeared.
Dominique said she was in a “sisterly argument” with Melanie as her younger sister wanted to meet her new boyfriend instead of staying for the barbecue.
But her resentment was quickly forgotten as she watched Melanie leave “pretty and happy” in a pink floral skirt.
Dominique said, “I can still see it now.”
Ahead of the Channel 5 documentary, Dominique told The Sun Online of her own anguish over her murder.
She said: “I am really sad that Mel lost her life and our lives were turned upside down by someone else. I wonder if they have any thoughts or compassion for what they did, I doubt it.”
“I feel incredibly sad for Mel that she was never able to have her life… a career, love, the joy of having children, etc.
“I hate not knowing what happened. I know she had serious injuries, but I hope and pray that whatever happened happened quickly for her or that there was only one person involved and not a gang or something terrible like that.”
“Obviously I have no idea what happened to her. All I know is that she was incredibly kind and trusting and I’ve often said that’s why she may have trusted the wrong person that night. Almost as if her naivety was her own downfall.
Dominique also spoke about how she helped keep her sister’s memory alive through her own three daughters – who she said Melanie would have loved “unconditionally.”
She said: “I have my own photos of Mel in the living room, but one of my daughters has a little photo of her in her room upstairs, which is lovely.”
“In my quieter moments, I sometimes talk to Mel in my head and ask her to look after my girls.”
The new documentary takes a fresh look at Melanie’s murder in hopes of finally solving the heartbreaking case.