VIDEO: Police appeal a year on from brutal murder

EXACTLY a year after grandmother Valerie Graves was found dead at a property in Bosham, police have made a fresh appeal to catch her killer.

Officers have been in the village over the last two days talking to local residents and taking voluntary DNA samples from men over the age of 17.

Community Officer, Jason Lemm talking to visitors and residents at Bosham harbour.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141486-6 SUS-141230-094132001

Community Officer, Jason Lemm talking to visitors and residents at Bosham harbour.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141486-6 SUS-141230-094132001

Valerie was found dead on the morning of December 30, 2013 with multiple wounds to her face and head.

On the anniversary of her shocking murder at a property she was house-sitting in Smugglers Lane, police remain confident the perpetrator will be brought to justice.

Detective Superintendent Nick May of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “A year ago Valerie was brutally murdered in her bedroom overnight between Sunday, December 29 and Monday, December 30. Where you in the area, do you remember anyone acting suspiciously?

“We need the public’s help to catch this person before they hurt someone else and to get justice for Valerie and her family.

“Since the murder, officers have interviewed more than 9,500 people, of which 8,000 were during the house-to-house enquiries and taken 580 statement as part of the investigation, but feel there may still be witnesses with important information who have not yet come forward.”

In October Sussex Police announced that a limited profile of the killer had been obtained.

Though not enough to run against the national DNA database, it can be matched against any new samples taken by people who voluntarily come forward.

DNA screening sessions will be held in the new year at the Millstream Hotel in Bosham Lane.

The screening is a simple mouth swab and thumbprint, and sessions will be taking place over three weeks:

Between Tuesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 29.

From Monday, February 2, to Saturday, February 7.

From Tuesday, February 10 to February 15.

Times for all sessions are from 10am to 8pm.