Johanna Young: Unsolved Death 1992

Johanna Young disappeared from her home in the United Kingdom and was later found murdered. No arrests have been made to date.

About the Case

Johanna Young
Johanna Young. Image source: BBC

On a cold and foggy December night in 1992, 14-year-old UK native, Johanna Young,  left her Watton, Norfolk home around 7:30 p.m. and vanished into thin air. It was two days before Christmas.

There were sightings of Johanna between 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. that night in the town center. No sightings were reported after 8:30 p.m.

When Johanna had not returned home by 6:00 a.m. the following morning, her parents called police. The parents believed that Johanna stayed the night with her boyfriend, Ryan Firman, because of the weather.

Three days after she vanished, a walker found Johanna’s shoes in a bush on Griston Road and contacted police. A search was conducted of that area. Later that day, Johanna’s body was found in a water-filled marl pit about 125 yards from where the walker found her shoes. Johanna was naked from the waist down and had scratches on her body.

An autopsy revealed Johanna died from drowning and a skull fracture. There was no evidence of sexual assault.

In 1993, police received a postcard from an unknown sender that possibly told of Johanna’s fate.

Despite a major investigation in 1993 and a reexamination of the case in 2014, no one has been arrested and charged in Johanna’s death.

In 2014, two men – one in his 40s and the other in his 30s – were taken in for questioning after a tip came in to police that Johanna was seen talking to a man on a motorcyle the night she disappeared. However, those men were released and will not face charges.

True Crime Diva’s Thoughts

I’ve read nothing about whether or not she had in fact visited her boyfriend. However, after doing some digging I found this article, written in 1993 by Nick Davies, and published in Options Magazine. It’s very interesting and explains that Johanna and Ryan, had actually broken up before December 23 and that another local could have been responsible for her death – an older boy who had a crush on her.

The article suggests that Johanna went back to this man’s home and something ensued which angered the man and he knocked her over, causing her to hit her head. This rendered her unconscious. He believed her to be dead so in a panicked state of mind, he had to hide the body. He probably had help from a friend. These two are probably the two men arrested in 2014. At least, I’m assuming they are.

This scenario makes sense to me. Before I even read Davies’ article, I didn’t believe it was an acutal murder. No sexual assault so that wasn’t a motive. She wasn’t robbed. No motive there either. So, it had to be more personal. I actually thought it was the boyfriend but what Davies wrote makes a lot more sense overall.

If that’s what happened, the police know about the circumstances and the young man’s identity, but have no proof thus no arrest. And the people of Watton aren’t talking even though they may know what happened. Yeah, let’s protect who killed this girl instead of making someone take responsibility for it. Smh.  People just amaze me.

As long as these people keep their mouths shut, there will be no justice for Johanna. Someone still needs to be held responsible, regardless of the circumstances.

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