September 29th, 2016

Fresh bid to find Jesse’s body launched

Fresh bid to find Jesse’s body launched Fresh bid to find Jesse’s body launched
Updated: 3:49 pm, Jul 29, 2016

A GRIEVING mum has urged those with information on the whereabouts of her son’s body to come forward.

Speaking on the seventh anniversary of the death of Jesse Richards in Cleeve Prior, Evesham today (Sunday), his mum Lucy has once again appealed for information to help trace his body.

Jesse, who was originally from Gloucester, was killed in a sustained and brutal attack over a drugs debt on July 31, 2009.

Five men were jailed in connection with his death and were collectively sentenced to more than 50 years in prison

Despite bringing those responsible to justice, Jesse’s body has never been found and detectives hope the local community will come forward with information.

His family continue to hope that Jesse will be found and his mother, Lucy Richards, has reiterated her appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

“I speak to those people who have information but haven’t contacted police,” she said.

“If they could for one minute put themselves in my place they would know the heartache I am feeling and have felt for the last seven years.

“I ask anyone who has any information that could lead me to my son’s body to please contact the police,” she added.

Supt Mark Loader led the investigation and said: “Jesse was killed seven years ago and his killers have been brought to justice for their crimes.

“However, his family continue to suffer and we want to give them the opportunity to lay Jesse to rest.

“The investigation found evidence to suggest Jesse’s body was transported to an area in Warwickshire some time after his death but was never found.

“We know some individuals have information which could lead us to Jesse’s body and are choosing not to come forward.

“I appeal to them to consider the pain Jesse’s family continue to suffer long after his death and ask them to re-consider contacting police.

“If you have any concerns about coming forward to police you can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and make an anonymous report with any information you have.”

A £10,000 reward is still available for information leading to the successful discovery of Jesse’s body and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact police using the non-emergency number 101.

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