Case 117

Hannah Foster

*** Content Warning: sexual assault ***

At 11:00 PM on March 14 2003, an emergency services operator in the United Kingdom answered a phone call on the nation’s 999 helpline. The person on the other line was silent. As was protocol, the operator transferred the call through to the ‘Silent Solutions’ department, where the call was ultimately disconnected. 

The following morning, the parents of 17-year-old Southampton student Hannah Foster awoke to find that their daughter hadn’t returned home after a night out with friends. As the search for Hannah escalates, an international manhunt ensues as the shocking truth about her last known movements comes to light.



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Court hears Hannah Foster 999 call – The Guardian

When are silent 999 calls cut off? – BBC

Hannah Foster: the final hours – The Guardian

I just waved her off that night and said ‘bye, I’ll see you later’ – The Southern Daily Echo, aka Daily Echo

She was like a big sister to everyone – Daily Echo

Friend weeps as she recall’s Hannah’s final wave – Metro News

Hunt for killer as missing girl’s body is found by walker – The Telegraph

Police seek bus clues in student murder – The Guardian

‘Stalker’ link to Hannah murder – BBC

Hannah had been followed before, friend tells court – Daily Echo

Final farewell to Hannah – Daily Echo

How science helped snare Hannah Foster’s killer – Daily Echo

Suspect in murder of teenager fled to India – Independent

Hannah suspect ‘left country’ – The Telegraph

The CCTV images of Hannah Foster’s alleged killer on the morning of her rape and murder – Daily Mail

From delivery driver to prime suspect – BBC

Journey of alleged murderer tracked by technology – Daily Echo

Give yourself up, wife tells suspect in murder case — The Telegraph

A murder that rocked a city – Daily Echo

Our year of hell – Daily Echo

Prayers for Hannah – one year on – Daily Echo

Hannah’s parents flying out to India – Daily Echo

We want justice for killing, not revenge – Daily Echo

Help find Hannah’s killer – Daily Echo

Hannah’s parents say thank you for help – Daily Echo

Calls flooding in, thanks to parents – Daily Echo

Kohli, just a regular guy – Daily Echo

Murdered teen Hannah Foster ‘made desperate silent 999 mobile call as she was abducted – but was cut off – Daily Mail

Abducted student was raped and murdered after 999 call was cut off, court told – The Guardian

‘Never heard her so scared – Hannah’s mum – Daily Echo

Hannah Foster’s killer: Maninder Pal Singh Kohli – The Telegraph

How Hannah murder suspect wooed a new bride on the run in India – The Telegraph

My life’s in ruins, says duped wife of man in Hannah murder hunt – The Telegraph

I was lucky, says Kohli’s wife – The Times of India

Foster rape-murder: Kohli’s wife turns hostile –

Kohli’s wife refuses British reward – The Times of India

Brothers accused over Hannah hunt – BBC

Hannah’s parents fly home after murder suspect found – Daily Echo

Hannah Foster murder: how a grieving family moved the Indian nation to join fight for justice – The Scotsman

Fosters are resolved to deliver Kohli letter – Daily Echo

We cannot rest until our Hannah has justice – Daily Echo

Hannah’s parents tell of their emotional ordeal – Daily Echo

Last words of Hannah Foster played to murder jury – The Telegraph

Hannah Foster trial: Accused ‘begged for flight to India’ – Daily Echo

Hannah Foster murder suspect claims he was forced to have sex with her – The Guardian

Hannah accused ‘owed man £18,000 – BBC

Thugs hired to scare Kohli, Hannah Foster trial hears – Daily Echo

Man jailed for Hannah Foster murder – The Guardian

Man found guilty of Hannah’s murder – Independent

Justice for family who went to Delhi to find girl’s killer – Independent

How Kohli was brought to justice – Daily Echo

Kohli should spend rest of life behind bars – Daily Echo

Hannah Foster’s mother’s impact statement – The Telegraph

She is always in my dreams – Daily Echo

Charity receives Hannah funding – Daily Echo

Sculpting Hannah’s spirit – Daily Echo

Coroner in Kerry Power case brands ‘silent’ 999 call system ‘not fit for purpose – Plymouth Live

Murdered woman failed by silent 999 system, says police watchdog – The Guardian

Hampshire rewards Kohli trackers –

Eight claim £63,000 Hannah suspect reward – Wales Online

A wonderful tribute in India to Hannah Foster – Daily Echo

Rapist reward funds school – The Telegraph



Torn Apart – The Most Horrific True Murder Stories You’ll Ever Read – Tim Miles



Real Crime: Hannah’s Killer – Nowhere to Hide (also on Netflix)

Hannah Foster murder verdict

UK teen’s rape, murder: Kohli found guilty



Hannah Memorial Academy

Murderpedia entry: Maninder Pal Singh Kohli

Silent Solutions guide

Manslaughter in English Law

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