Crime profilers to aid murder investigation

Hampshire police officers
Officers working on the Delia Hughes murder inquiry search for clues Photo:

Detectives investigating the murder of 85-year-old Delia Hughes at the weekend have hired specialist crime profilers to help their investigation.

The great-grandmother was found at her flat in Ocean Village in Southampton on Saturday night. Two people arrested suspicion of murder have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Hampshire Police have said the profilers will provide them with analysis which will help investigators understand more about the crime and how it was committed.

Officers who conducted finger-tip searches of the surrounding area have found 'a number of items of interest to the investigation', which are being examined to see if they are connected to the crime.

“Crime profilers are frequently used in murder investigations and the information they can harvest from a crime scene often reveals a great deal and is invaluable when combined with other evidence."

– Superintendent Tony Harris of Hampshire Police
Delia Hughes
Murder victim Delia Hughes in happier times

Detectives are renewing an appeal for witness and information. They are hoping that the coming Bank Holiday weekend will see people who may have been in the area last weekend when the murder took place, returning to Ocean Village with their boats.

“We know there was considerable movement of people through the marina last weekend with many of them having sailed across to or back from Cowes at the end of Cowes Week.

"A large number of these people do not live locally and may be unaware that the murder took place so close to where they moored their boat. “We will therefore try to speak to as many of them as possible during the coming weekend to see if they have any information that will be of interest to us.”

– Superintendent Tony Harris of Hampshire Police