Evidence has been handed to prosecutors which links serial child killer Robert Black, who died in prison in Northern Ireland in January, to the murder of a 13-year-old Devon girl in 1978.
Black, a delivery driver originally from Scotland, murdered a string of young girls across the UK in the 1980s – including nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy from Ballinderry.
He has long been the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Genette Tate, whose body was never found after she vanished from a rural lane in Devon 37 years ago.
With her family longing for some kind of closure, a reinvestigation into the killing began in 2014.
Devon and Cornwall Police are understood to have identified new potential witnesses in the case.
“The major part of a file concerning this matter has now been sent to the CPS for a charging decision,” a police spokesman said.
“This has been a complex enquiry and we have kept the Tate family informed. We await direction from the CPS on how this may progress in the coming weeks.”