Essex

Reward offered for information about 16-year-old Essex murder

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A reward of £2,000 is being offered in a bid to solve a murder from nearly 16 years ago.

Grant Byrom was murdered in Colchester on Boxing Day in 1998. His family are urging anyone with information about his death to come forward.

Crimestoppers has put up the reward and said Mr Byrom, aged 30 when he died, was fatally stabbed at Forest Road.

The family has issued an appeal for his killer to be brought to justice.

Suzanne Martin, the mother of Mr Byrom's children, said: "We have always known him as Granny or Granski, and in memory of him, our two children, Dean and Tanya and their children Maisie and Tyler took on his surname of Byrom.

"Due to the circumstances of Granny's murder I just didn't get a chance to say goodbye to him, I think about him all the time and talk about him every day."

She added it was his birthday last Saturday and he would have been 46 years old.

Detectives are continuing to search for Michael Donnelly, 67, who lived in Colchester and would like to hear any information about his possible whereabouts.

Acting Det Ch Insp Anne Cameron said: "Mr Donnelly is wanted in connection with the murder investigation but police have never been able to find him to talk to him about his version of events on that evening in 1998.

"We have made regular inquiries to trace Mr Donnelly but we are certain that he no longer lives in the UK."

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