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.
“This has been a devastating time for the family and has come as a complete shock.
“We would appeal to any one who has any information, no matter how trivial you think it is, to contact the police to help catch who ever has done this horrible act.”
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 the back 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.
“They have been very shocked about what has happened at the house.”
DS May said underwater search teams were out looking for evidence.
Anyone with information should ring 101 or email email@example.com quoting Operation Ensign or alternatively phone the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.