- The Washington Times - Friday, February 7, 2003

LONDON Police hunting the killer of a young Virginia artist said yesterday that they want to speak to a man seen jogging in the park where she died.
Metropolitan police said the sighting was a "significant new lead" in the stabbing death of 27-year-old Margaret Muller.
Miss Muller, a native of Falls Church who moved to Britain in 1998, was killed in east London's Victoria Park on Monday. Joggers and cyclists heard her screaming for help about 8:30 a.m. and found her slumped on a path between a rose garden and playground.
Yesterday, bunches of flowers and handwritten notes lay amid wet grass at the scene of the killing.
An autopsy has confirmed that Miss Muller died from multiple stab wounds, including one to the neck. Police said there was no evidence of sexual assault.
Detective Chief Superintendent John Shatford said, "At one stage, she was seen to be in company with a man who ran beside her."
He said the man was white, of medium build and about 6 feet tall, with dark hair and reddish stubble.
Police have not yet determined whether Miss Muller knew her killer or was the victim of a random attack.
On Wednesday, detectives said they wanted to trace two men, described as Mediterranean in appearance, who were seen running from the scene shortly after the attack.
"This is a very decent young lady whose passion in life was art, and she worked very hard. She was very careful in her everyday life and was meticulous and was not the type of person to approach strangers," Superintendent Shatford said.
Miss Muller's death has generated extensive coverage because of the rarity of the crime she was attacked in daylight in a busy park and because she was a promising artist with a burgeoning career.
Miss Muller, who studied and taught at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London, had won a series of scholarships and commissions, and once worked as an assistant to Washington artist Walter Kravitz.
She lived near the park in east London's Hackney district, a mixed area in which rundown housing projects sit alongside expensive Victorian homes and artists' studios like the one in which Miss Muller lived.
Dozens of officers have been assigned to the case and were conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area yesterday.
Police said Miss Muller's parents, Eileen and Erich Muller, would be arriving in London today and would visit the scene where their daughter was killed.


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