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A reward of up to £20,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Valerie Graves.
Valerie, 55, was found dead on 30 December 2013 whilst house-sitting at a friend's house in Bosham. It is believed that she was attacked in her bed during the night by an intruder using a hammer. She died as a result of severe head injuries.
Valerie was an artist who was well-liked. She had two grown-up children and two grandchildren, and had recently moved back to Sussex from Scotland to help care for her elderly mother in Bracklesham Bay.
On the nine month anniversary of her death, Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 with a further £10,000 offered by Sussex Police, for information that is passed to the charity's anonymous 0800 555 111 number leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Angela Hollinshead, Crimestoppers' Area Manager for Sussex, said: "Valerie's murder was extremely brutal and her family has been devastated by her death. It is hoped that, by increasing the reward, this may assist in convincing someone to come forward and provide us with the critical information that may solve this crime"
If you have any information on Valerie's murder then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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Police are making a fresh appeal for information after a woman was killed in Bosham in December - and they are also offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to arrests.
Valerie Graves was found dead with significant head and facial injuries at a house in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, on Monday 30 December.
She and other members of her family had been staying at the property house sitting while the owners were away over the Christmas period.
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We are still appealing for information and would like to hear from anyone who say anything suspicious or unusual in the area from the afternoon of Sunday 29 December to 10am on Monday 30 December."
Detective Superintendent Nick May from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "We need to know the origins of this hammer.
"Do you recognise it? We need people to check if they have lost such a hammer or had one stolen in the period leading up to the murder.
"We would also ask police officers, prison staff, probation officers and professionals who work in mental health, if they have dealt with anyone who has talked about causing someone harm with a hammer, to let us know.
"If so we would like to hear from you. We are continuing to appeal for any information from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area from late afternoon on Sunday 29 December to 10am on Monday 30 December to come forward."
Police have released these photos of a hammer which they believe is the weapon used to kill Valerie Graves in Bosham.
It was found in Bosham by the search team working on the murder inquiry.
Miss Graves was discovered dead in a ground-floor bedroom on the morning of Monday 30 December at the house in Smugglers Lane she was looking after with three other members of her family, while the owners were away.
She died from significant head and facial injuries.
A man who was arrested in connection with the murder of a woman who was killed while house sitting for friends in West Sussex has been released on police bail.
Valerie Graves' body was found at the waterside property in Bosham on the 30th December.
The 22-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of murder.
He will be released on bail until the 17th February.
Valerie had been house sitting with her family whilst her friends were away for Christmas.
Police say she had gone to bed at 10pm on Sunday 29th and was found dead by one of her family members at around 10am the next morning, in the bedroom where she had been sleeping.
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.