Mum's emotional appeal for help to find body of murdered son - The Evesham Observer

Mum's emotional appeal for help to find body of murdered son

Evesham Editorial 31st Jul, 2017 Updated: 31st Jul, 2017   0

THE MOTHER of a man who was brutally murdered in Cleeve Prior eight years ago today has appealed for information to help find his body.

Jesse Richards, 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.

West Mercia Police believe his body was taken by his attackers to Warwickshire where it has remained hidden ever since.

Eight years after his death, Jesse’s family still hope his body can be found and his mother, Lucy, has reiterated her appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

“I know nothing will bring my son back to me but I appeal to the public and ask they put themselves in my shoes,” Lucy said.

“My son has been taken from me in the most violent way, eight years on and I still have not been able to lay his body to rest. I don’t know where he is and the pain of not being able to visit his resting place is too much to bear.

“If you have any information at all please get in touch with police and give me the opportunity to lay my son to rest.”

Superintendent Mark Loader, who led the investigation, said: “Jesse was killed eight 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, their family or associates who may have that knowledge, to consider the pain Jesse’s family continue to suffer long after his death and ask them to reconsider 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.

Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.


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