Police release video footage of woman found dead in burning car


Officers investigating the death of a woman in Ifield have released video footage of her the night before her body was found in a burning car.

Firefighters found the body of Janet Muller, 21, in the boot of a burning Volkswagen Jetta off Rusper Road on March 13.

A post-mortem revealed the University of Brighton student died of smoke inhalation in the car.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi, who is leading the investigation for the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “We are extremely grateful to Janet’s family for their co-operation in agreeing to allow release of these images, which are the last known of Janet before she died.

“We are very keen to learn about her last movements between leaving Millview Hospital and the discovery of her body in Ifield on Friday, March 13. The images show her walking in Portslade - in a subway at 10.33pm on Thursday, March 12; the second in Station Road at 12.28am and the final one walking east towards Brighton and crossing Sackville Gardens near the BP garage at 12.55am.

“If you saw her in the area around those times or perhaps a little later, please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Madeira. Even if you think you may have seen her or that your sighting was only brief, please do call as your information could prove very important to us.”

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, 26, has been charged with murder. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court on April 9.