A FAMILY has joined with police in appealing for information, following the death of Valerie Graves in Bosham.
Police launched a murder investigation on Monday (December 30) into the killing, with a postmortem on New Year’s Day revealing she died from ‘significant head and facial injuries’.
Mrs Graves’ son Tim Wood and daughter Jemima Harrison held hands at the appeal, which was made at Littlehampton Police Station this afternoon (January 3).
Mr Wood said: ‘Our mum was much loved and will be sorely missed by the whole family.’
Mrs Graves, from Bracklesham Bay, was house-sitting at the home in Smugglers Lane where she died.
Her mother, sister and her sister’s partner were all at the house when she was found in her bedroom on Monday at around 9.30am.
Detective Superintendent Nick May said: ‘We’ve had some really, really helpful calls from members of the public.’
He added: ‘We will be very interested to hear from anyone who knows someone who may have come home with different clothes on, or bloodstained clothes.’
The homeowners are still on holiday.
‘The owners are horrified as you can imagine,’ said DS May. ‘They are being fully supportive.’
Anyone with information should ring 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Ensign or alternatively phone the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.