Detectives investigating murder of Valerie Graves return to Bosham

Valerie Graves, 55, was murdered in a property she was house-sitting at a year ago
Valerie Graves, 55, was murdered in a property she was house-sitting at a year ago

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OFFICERS are returning to the scene of an unsolved murder in a bid to crack the case.

Sussex Police will be in Bosham today ahead of the one-year anniversary of the death of artist Valerie Graves, 55.

She was found on December 30 last year bludgeoned with a claw hammer in a ground-floor bedroom in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, near Chichester.

Police will be in the village today and tomorrow between 10am and 4pm talking to residents and visitors.

Detective Superintendent Nick May, of the Surrey and Sussex major crime team, said: ‘We need the public’s help to catch this person before they hurt someone else and to get justice for Valerie and her family.’

No-one has been charged with Ms Graves’ murder.

More than 9,500 people have been interviewed, a £20,000 reward has been put up, a BBC Crimewatch appeal has been made and a limited DNA match of a suspect has been yielded.

Ms Graves was murdered as she house-sat with her sister Jan, mother Eileen and her sister’s partner, Nigel Acres, while the property’s owners holidayed abroad over Christmas.

Last week, Ms Graves’s family spoke of their difficulty in coming to terms with the death.

A post-mortem examination revealed Ms Graves suffered significant head and facial injuries.

A 22-year-old man arrested over her murder was later released without charge.