Hampshire Police detectives say they need to trace and talk to three people as part of their enquiry into the murder of 85-year-old Delia Hughes in her home in Southampton. The first person is a man who was seen by a resident of Atlantic Close at around 9.30am on Saturday, 18th August, the same day Mrs Hughes's body was found. The man, who is not known to live in the area, walked from Atlantic Close towards Tasman Close. He is described as white, aged 25-30 years old and about 5ft 8ins tall. He is slim and was wearing a blue or dark grey hooded jacket or cagoule which was zipped at the front. The other two people detectives would like to speak to are a couple, a man and a woman, who were seen by residents on several occasions in the days before the murder. The man appears to have a foot or leg injury as he walks with crutches with a mid-calf height white plaster cast or heavy bandage on his right leg. He is also described as white, aged in his mid to late 20s, he's about 5ft 9ins tall, with short unkempt facial hair. He has been seen wearing jeans and a t-shirt and speaks with a local ‘southern’ accent. The woman with him is described as white, about 5ft 5ins tall and with long dark straight shoulder length hair. Again it is not known whether this couple live in the area, on the Atlantic Close peninsula, or whether they have been visiting local residents.
– Detective Superintendent Tony Harris, Hampshire Police
Details about these people has come to us from members of the public. It is essential that we identify and speak to them, as potentially, they could hold vital information that will assist the enquiry team. If you are one of these people, know who they are or if they have visited you in your Ocean Village home, please contact us.”
As the investigation continues, specialist officers conducted a shallow water search around the Ocean Village Marina today, 23rd August, for anything that could be linked to the murder of Mrs Hughes.