Murder DNA match hunt

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DETECTIVES are urging any men who have not already been DNA-screened in a village where a 55-year-old grandmother was brutally murdered to come forward.

Valerie Graves was found dead in the bedroom of a house in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, West Sussex, on December 30, 2013, where she had been house-sitting during the Christmas period.

Police are this week carrying out house-to-house inquiries as a follow-up to a mass DNA screening in January of men aged over 17 who live, work or visit Bosham.

Detective Superintendent Nick May of Surrey and Sussex major crime team said police will be sending letters to those men who do not come forward to give DNA samples in a ‘tenacious’ attempt to catch Ms Graves’ killer.