One of the many tragic details in the burned-out Salford flat where Rhona Schofield and Vikki Preston's bodies were found in 2005 are the stained imprints showing Rhona tried to crawl away from the fire.

Though police were confident the perpetrators lived among the close-knit community Rhona and Vikki called home, they were never able to charge anyone in the double murder.

Sixteen years after the heinous attack images are once again being considered by investigators – and members of the public who may have the answers, Manchester Evening News reports.

The 19-year-olds' flat was bulldozed years ago but Greater Manchester Police say they're still committed to finding the killer.

Between 3:40am and 4:10am on Tuesday May 10 2005, a fire broke out at Rhona and Vikki's flat.

Investigators later judged it to be an arson attack which got out of hand and was meant to intimidate the girls rather than kill them.

That would also explain the killers' silence on the depraved act – it may have been an accident, prompting shame rather than pride.

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Both girls tragically died of smoke inhalation in the early hours that morning.

But despite the time which has passed and the fact that the girls' building no longer exists, police say the investigation is still ongoing.

Two suspects in particular are thought responsible, police told the Manchester Evening News.

Greater Manchester Police's cold case unit chief Martin Bottomley said: "There are definitely others that have the knowledge of who the offenders are but whether they also played an active role we don't know.

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"It would appear that a minor dispute has triggered an excessive reaction.

What we need is a witness that will tell us in a statement what they know.

"The pain and heartbreak that Vikki and Rhona's family and friends have had to go through is unimaginable.

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"We will never give up, and we're determined to find those responsible for the girls' deaths and bring them to justice.

"We hope that the reward of £50,000, along with the promise of confidentiality and support will encourage anyone with information to come forward.

"Nothing can change what has happened, and nothing can bring the girls back, but I hope that one day we can give the girls' families the answers they deserve."

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The 1930-built apartment block was vulnerable to arson – and wisely demolished soon after the attack which took Rhona and Vikki's lives.

On the night they died someone waltzed in without a key and set fire to the furniture, leading temperatures to hit 1000C.

Rhona's parents both tragically died in their 50s and 60s over the past decade, but her surviving family members are committed to getting justice for the girls.

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Rhona's sisters, Jenni Moran, 39, Katy, 41, Mariea, 44, and Jolene, 36, Schofield, and brother Phil, 33, remain hopeful the killers will have their day in court.

Jenni said: Jenni said: "Our mum and dad met in a children's home at the age of 11, married at 18 and went on to have five girls and a boy. Our lives were filled with happy memories.

"Our parents gave us a great childhood, games of bingo with dad and cooking in the kitchen with mum, our family videos and photos speak for themselves.

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"It has been 16 years since we lost our sister Rhona. We had to painfully watch both our mum and dad deteriorate over the years.

"Their grief lead to depression. Our dad never slept properly after Rhona was killed. He would be up all night. They both gave up work and stopped living – they just existed.

"'Time is a healer', that is all you ever hear people say, but losing a loved one to murder and never receiving justice has a profound effect and it had lead to us all losing a part of ourselves."

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A pregnant woman is said to have told a witness "I'm going to kill them two" during a heated argument in the days before Rhona and Vikki's deaths.

Vikki's mum Jacqueline, 55, came together with Rhona's late mum Doreen to offer the £50k reward.

Jacqueline told MEN in 2016: "I just don't function like I used to. I struggle with it on a daily basis. I don't like meeting people. I don't like going out.

"I often wonder where Vikki would be now; would she be married, would she have given us grandchildren?"

Doreen said at the same time: "It might be 11 years but it feels like 11 days to me. We have not moved away from 2005. Someone will say something eventually. It is just waiting for that time."

Anyone with information can call GMP's Cold Case Unit on 0161 856 5978 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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