20th Oct, 2017

Family's plea to find murdered man's body

Evesham Editorial 31st Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE FAMILY of Jesse Richards have re-issued an appeal in the hope to find his body, five years after he was murdered.

The 41-year-old was killed in Cleeve Prior on Friday, July 31, 2009 over a drugs debt and five men were subsequently jailed for more than 58 years at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2012.

But despite the convictions, his body has never been found. Mr Richards, originally from Surrey, left behind a wife and three children.

His mother, Lucy Richards, said: “I ask anyone with information as to the whereabouts of my son to come forward and give me the opportunity to be re-united with him.

“I have been in a constant state of grief since the day he dies and five years after his death the pain is still unbearable.

“My life has been changed forever and it is something I do not wish on anybody. I ask those individuals who know what

happened to him to contact police so he can be brought home.”

Police have reminded residents there is a £10,000 reward available for any information which leads to the successful discovery of Mr Richards body.

Det Ch Insp Mark Loader, who led the investigation, said: “This was a brutal attack on an unarmed man and I ask those who do possess information regarding his body to think of those who continue to suffer long after his death.

“I urge them to come forward to police so Jesse and his family can be re-united.”

Anyone with information can call police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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