John Denver lookalike hunted as cops probe unsolved murder of man killed 43 years ago

Police have launched an appeal for the unsolved murder of a man killed 43 years ago.

James 'Jimmy' Adams, 46, was stabbed 22 times on May 26 1981 shortly after he had left a pub where he worked as a glass collector.

After finishing Jimmy was seen stopping at a block of public toilets in Bradford at around 12.45am.

Cops believe a man, the murder suspect, followed him along Carlisle Road. Witnesses reported hearing screams coming from the public toilets, and the suspect was seen fleeing the scene.

Three witnesses confronted the suspect at Malborough Garage before he threatened them with a knife and running away. Jimmy, who lived in Manningham, Bradford, died from his injuries after being stabbed 22 times, reports Yorkshire Live.

Detectives from West Yorkshire's Major Investigation Review Team are now re-appealing for information. In 2003 new DNA evidence emerged but the case remained unsolved.

An artist's impression of the suspect was produced back in 1981 and is being shared again by detectives.

The suspect is described as a white male. Around 25-35 years old, 5ft 6-5ft 8 tall, medium build with dirty blonde collar length hair and he was wearing glasses. The suspect would now be in his 60s or 70s. A witness described him as looking like the singer John Denver.

This week, Detective Sergeant Richard Ord from the Major Investigation Team, said: "West Yorkshire Police never files or closes undetected serious offences until they are solved. We are reviewing this case and hoping a re-appeal on the anniversary of the murder, it might jog people's memories.

"We appreciate it is a long time ago, but any information however small could be the line of enquiry that we need to identify this man. Our focus remains on James and his family and seeking justice for them, no matter how long ago."

Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Major Incident Review Team via 101 quoting crime reference 13100110891. Information can always be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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