It's a murder which has shocked a quiet community and puzzled detectives. But today a 10 thousand pound reward was offered to catch the killer of a grandmother battered to death as she stayed at a friend's luxury home.
Valerie Graves was found dead at the waterside property in Bosham near Chichester on December 30th. She was staying there over Christmas with her mother, sister and sister's partner.
Police say a hammer found near the house was used to kill Valerie. Sarah Cooper reports.
Detectives investigating the murder of Valerie Graves from Maxton near Jedburgh are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of her killer.
The 55 year old was found with serious head injuries at her mother's home in West Sussex on December 30th.
Sussex Police have interviewed more than 200 people as part of the investigation but feel there may still be witnesses who have yet to come forward.
Detectives investigating the murder of Valerie Graves are offering a reward of £10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of her killer.
The 56-year-old was found with serious head and facial injuries in Smugglers Lane in Bosham on the 30th December.
She had been staying at the property while the owners were away over Christmas.
Since the murder, more than 200 people have been interviewed and over 100 statements have been taken, but police still feel there are witnesses with more important information that have not come forward.
Detective Superintendent Nick May said, "This was a savage attack, where a significant level of violence was used. We know that a hammer, found nearby in Hoe Lane, was used by the offender and we are seeking the public's help to catch this person before they hurt someone else.
"We particularly appeal to anyone who knows personally, has met professionally, or has a relationship with someone who is violent and who may have used, talked about or threatened violence with a hammer in the past.
"You may have your own concerns or suspicions about this person already, but for your own reasons have not yet come forward.Let me reassure you that we can support you whatever your concerns, but this person must be caught."
Anyone with information should ring 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Ensign.
Police are still looking for the person responsible for the murder of an artist in Sussex.
Valerie Graves, 55, was found dead with significant head and facial injuries on 30 December 2013 in the bedroom of a property she was house sitting.
Ms Graves had graduated in textile design seven years ago and set up her own crafts studio at Harestanes near Jedburgh.
She had only moved to Sussex in the past few months to look after her elderly mother.
Police have still to make an arrest in connection with the incident.
Detectives say they are keeping an open mind as to the motive for the murder. The possibility of a break-in at the property has not been ruled out.
Murdered artist Valerie Graves attended the Galashiels based School of Textile and Design as a mature student.
She graduated from the Heriot-Watt University campus with a BA Hons. in 2007.
Fiona Waldron, Head of the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University’s Scottish Borders Campus, said:
The family of murder victim Valerie Graves who was found dead at a house in Bosham have paid tribute to her. Police have also been appealing for help to catch the culprit.
Tim Wood said his mother Valerie Graves was "much loved and a talented artist."
The family of Bosham murder victim Valerie Graves are making a statement at a press conference.
They will join Detective Superintendent Nick May and Chief Inspector Tanya Jones for the briefing at Littlehampton Police Station.
The family of Valerie Graves who was found dead at a house in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, on Monday 30 December have paid tribute to her.
Her family said:
Police have named a woman who was found dead in a Sussex home on 30 December as Valerie Graves from Bracklesham Bay.
She had previously been living in Maxton.
The 55-year-old, along with three members of her family, was house-sitting the property in Smugglers Lane, Bosham in West Sussex.