Thousands expected for DNA profiling to catch Valerie Graves’ murderer

Valerie Graves
Valerie Graves
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MASS DNA profiling of potentially thousands of local men will begin today in the hunt to find out who killed a grandmother.

Sussex Police have set up a base at the Millstream Hotel in Bosham, the village where 55-year-old artist Valerie Graves was bludgeoned to death on December 29, 2013.

All local men aged 17 and over are being asked to voluntarily give samples of their DNA.

Mrs Graves was house-sitting for friends in Smugglers Lane, with her family, when she was brutally killed with a hammer.

The screening takes place between 10am and 8pm from today until January 29, and from February 2 to 7 and February 10 to 15. The hotel is in Bosham Lane.

Anyone with information can ring 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Ensign, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.