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Valerie Graves murder: Police continue investigations two years on

Two years after a mother was murdered in a quiet Sussex village - police are still trying to track down the killer.

55-year-old Valerie Graves was found dead at a home in Smugglers Lane in Bosham.

She'd been staying at the property while the owners were away over Christmas. Sussex Police are offering a £10,000 reward.

Valerie Graves was found murdered on 30th December 2013 Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex police launched its its biggest voluntary mass DNA screening in its history in January and February this year asking all men aged over 17 who live, work or visit Bosham to provide a DNA sample and a thumbprint to eliminate them from the inquiry.

This was after forensic scientists obtained a limited DNA profile for the murder suspect, which although not suitable for a search on the National DNA Database, indicated the suspect is male.

Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team were looking at taking DNA samples from 5,000 men in Bosham. So far just over half have been taken and eliminated.

Valerie was staying at this property in Bosham when she was murdered Credit: ITV Meridian

"This investigation remains a priority for the force and we are determined to find Valerie's killer and get justice for her and her family.

"This time of year is particularly difficult for her family and friends. We are asking for people's understanding as we continue to knock on doors in Bosham and ask for DNA samples.

"I would ask any men aged over 17 who live, work or visit Bosham who haven't provided a DNA sample to contact police so we can arrange for this to be taken and for them to be eliminated.

"We are still offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Valerie's killer and I would ask anyone who has information to contact police."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jason Taylor