Simon was standing in for his father, church minister Pastor Peter Belcher.Both were deeply involved in the Lutheran Church youth movement, Barbara as national secretary.
Barbara, a member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church, in Carrs Lane, vanished after a Bank Holiday night out with boyfriend Simon Belcher.
The pair had visited pubs in the city centre and Handsworth.
Simon, then 21, had walked Barbara to a Colmore Circus bus stop at 1am to catch the number 67 – but she never made it home.
On June 4 her body was found less than 500 yards from her home in Chester Road, Erdington, and a stone’s throw from her workplace at Pype Hayes Children’s Home.
Detectives believed her attacker used trees that fringed the park as cover before pouncing.
There was public shock at the crime and a clamour to find the killer, with Barbara’s clean-cut lifestyle fanning the flames of public outrage.Only hours before that fateful night out she and Simon jointly held a service at St Mark’s.THE sister of a woman found murdered in a Birmingham park 38 years ago has called for a new police investigation to finally bring her killer to justice.Devoutly religious Barbara Forrest, 20, was raped and strangled before her body was hidden on the fringes of Pype Hayes Park on May 27, 1974.Work colleague Michael Thornton was later charged with the killing, but acquitted at trial after a judge heard there was no evidence to link him with the murder.Now Barbara’s sister Erika has broken a near 40-year silence to demand to know why evidence gathered at the scene has not been re-examined for DNA – and a cold case review undertaken.