Crimestoppers offer £10,000 reward to solve 23-year mystery

Crimestoppers is offering a £10,000 reward for information on the disappearance of Carmel Fenech, which happened 23 years ago when she was aged just 16.

Carmel Fenech, also known as Carmel Pendry, from Broadfield in Crawley, was reported as missing on June 27, 1998. It is now believed she was murdered. She would have turned 40 this Saturday, July 3.

She was last seen at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court in south London on May 21, 1998. She did not return home and she was reported as missing the following month.

Fenech grew up in south London on the North Peckham Estate. She had many friends in the area and also in nearby Brixton and Stockwell. She moved with her family to Crawley less than a year before she disappeared. Investigations are focused on south London. She did not know many people in Crawley.

A reward of up to £10,000 is being offered by the charity Crimestoppers for information given to them exclusively and anonymously that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people linked to this incident.

Information can be passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or via the simple and secure anonymous online form at

Crimestoppers’ Glenys Balchin said, “No one can ever imagine the pain and suffering a family must experience when losing a child like this.

“Someone, somewhere knows what happened to Carmel and we are appealing to them to do the right thing and to speak to our charity 100 per cent anonymously.

“Our charity is here to help and gives people the option of staying anonymous whilst doing the right thing. We know that somebody has answers and while many years have passed, there is still time to put things right, to speak up and help Carmel’s family get the justice they so deserve.

“If you have information, please speak up – no matter how small you think that information may be, it could make all of the difference. With your help, Carmel’s family could finally have some of the answers they have been seeking for far too long.”

Information passed directly to police will not qualify for the Crimestoppers reward. Only information passed to Crimestoppers using the online form or via the 0800 555 111 freephone number will qualify.

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1 Response to Crimestoppers offer £10,000 reward to solve 23-year mystery

  1. Grace Onions says:

    There are many other cases of ‘disappearances’, possibly murders, or actual murders for which no-one has been held accountable. It case of Daniel Morgan getting into the news again is good to see but also unbelievable – our justice system is in tatters. Still no conviction for the murderer of Andre Smartt-Ford at the packed ice rink in Streatham all those years ago. Would be fantastic if witnesses would use Crimstoppers as a way to come forward.

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