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Detectives revisit scene of elderly woman's death one week after burglary

Ms Mottershead: a retired headmistress who taught at schools in Bilston and Wolverhampton. Photo: ITV Central

Detectives investigating the murder of a 90-year-old retired headmistress will revisit the scene of the crime today, exactly a week after her death.

Hester Mottershead collapsed and died after burglars posing as water board officials ransacked her home.

Officers will be stopping passers-by and motorists as they continue to appeal for help in finding those who burgled Ms Mottershead.

Hester, who was also known as Estella, answered her door on Saxonfields, Tettenhall to three men posing as water board officials early last Friday.

She had lived alone at her Tettenhall home for a number of years, police say she was not assaulted during the burglary. Credit: PA

After entering Ms Mottershead's home they searched her house for valuable for around 30 minutes before leaving the address.

As they left the 90-year-old realised they were not from the water board and called police, as the officers arrived at her address she collapsed and was taken to hospital, but died a short while later from a suspected stroke.

She had lived alone at her Tettenhall home for a number of years, police say she was not assaulted during the burglary but they believe the stress she was placed under may well have impacted upon her death.

Her death is being treated as a murder inquiry with Crimestoppers offering a £5,000 reward for information which leads to a conviction.

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Marsh, from Force CID, said:

"We'll be on Saxonfields throughout tomorrow afternoon, as well as the surrounding area, speaking to passers-by and asking them if they can recall seeing anything suspicious in the area last Friday.

"Our forensic investigations are ongoing and we have spoken to a number of people, but we still need to hear from anyone else who may be able to assist in this investigation.

"We have three men out there whose actions have resulted in an elderly woman's death and we will not rest until we have identified them and brought them to justice."

– Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Marsh

Ms Mottershead was a former headmistress at both Bilston High School and Wolverhampton Girls High School with many pupils visiting her years after she retired.

DCI Marsh added:

"I also want to take this opportunity to appeal directly to the burglars themselves come forward and speak to us it will be easier for you in the long term if you hand yourselves in now."

– Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Marsh

The burglars are described as three men in their late teens to early 20's, all wearing blue or black clothing, which were possibly work overalls.

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