Two years since frail widow Georgina Edmonds was brutally battered to death in her Brambridge home, Police have announced a breakthrough in their investigation. Months of forensic work has identified DNA traces left by the Killer. Speaking outside the Tesco Express, Twyford Road (A335) where CCTV pictures showed a suspect attempting to use the victim’s cash card, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Barton told how he was confident that the suspect in the CCTV images was the Killer and a man with local connections.
He believed the help of the Eastleigh Community would be crucial in identifying him.
Meanwhile as DCI Barton was making his appeal several members of the local community were looking on. One, who did not wish to be named, confided that his son had used the Tesco Express on the night of the murder and had subsequently been interviewed by the Police.”It’s a terrible thing to think that the person who did this could be from round here, I can’t believe it… we are right by the motorway, surely he could have come from anywhere?”
However the Police insist the man they are looking for has strong associations with the Eastleigh and Boyatt Wood area and say he may live or have lived here, worked here, or could have friends, family or a partner living in the area.
DCI Barton pointed out the £30,000 reward for information leading to a conviction still stood.
He stressed members of the public should not hesitate to forward any suspicions to the Police, as the breakthrough in the DNA evidence meant that suspects could be quickly eliminated.
“Now we have a DNA profile we can just visit an individual and take a mouth swab from them – it’s as simple as that. People can be confident that they won’t stitch someone up.”
“If you have any suspicion at all, all you have to do is give us a ring, give us a name and we will do the rest.”
He also said that it was still possible for someone to collect the £30,000 reward even if they rang anonymously.
“I urge the public to study the images again. Do you know someone who might match the description?”
In a statement released this morning Dodie Edmonds, daughter of the victim spoke of her continuing grief and sense of loss adding:
“I plead with the community to come forward and give the police the name of anyone they’re suspicious of or who could be connected in anyway to my mothers’ death.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Operation Columbian invesitgation team on 0845 045 45 45 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Mini-Com users can call 01962 875000. Alternatively information can be emailed to: [email protected]