Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Delia Hughes death: Hunt for murder suspect continues

Delia Hughes
Image caption Murder detectives hunting Delia Hughes's killer want to trace a man in a dark hooded top

Murder detectives are still hunting for the killer of a great-grandmother from Southampton after underwater searches failed to provide any new leads.

Delia Hughes, 85, was found dead at her seafront home in Atlantic Close, Ocean Village, on 18 August. She had suffered several blows to the head, police said.

Police held a meeting at the Royal Yacht Club at 19:00 BST to update residents on their inquiry.

Officers want to trace a man in a dark hooded top seen nearby on 18 August.

The man was seen leaving Atlantic Close and walking off in the direction of Tasman Close at about 09:30, police said.

Image caption Specialist police dive teams failed to find the murder weapon in the Ocean Village Marina

He is described as white, aged between 25 and 30, of slim build, with a bounce in his step, about 5ft 8in tall and was wearing a blue, or grey coloured hooded jacket, or cagoule, which was zipped at the front.

Anyone who knows who this person is, or has any other information about anything, or anyone, that appeared suspicious in the area before Mrs Hughes's body was discovered, is asked to contact Hampshire police.

A 29-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Ms Hughes, a retired Littlewoods supervisor who had one daughter, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren, lived alone in her flat in the Ocean Village development.

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