Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Torture murder police search Hampshire wood

Georgina Edmonds
Image caption Police believe Georgina Edmonds was tortured for her bank card Pin number

Police are searching a copse on the third anniversary of the murder of an elderly woman in Hampshire after a "significant item" was found.

Georgina Edmonds, 77, was tortured and killed at her cottage in Brambridge, near Eastleigh, in January 2008.

Police are searching an area at Oakwood Copse in Otterbourne after a member of the public handed in the item, which has been sent for tests.

Last week, a man was bailed after being re-arrested over the murder.

The 32-year-old was originally arrested in June last year and he has been bailed until 9 March.

Rolling pin

Det Insp Guy Robyns, of Hampshire Police, said: "For operational reasons, we are unable to release further details about the item we had handed in at this time, as we believe it could prove to be a vital part of the ongoing investigation.

"There were several items stolen from Mrs Edmonds' home that include her black leather Radley handbag, a silver credit card holder and a brightly coloured key fob - red, gold and green in colour.

Image caption Police are searching for a number of missing items

"We continue to search for the missing items and would like to appeal to anybody who regularly uses that area who may have picked up any of the items as described above or may have seen any of them to contact us as soon as possible."

Mrs Edmonds was found dead on 11 January 2008 by her son and a family friend.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died as a result of extensive head injuries, caused by a marble rolling pin.

Police believe she had been tortured for her bank card PIN and her killer used the card after her death.

A man, wearing a fluorescent jacket, was seen on CCTV using a cash machine at a Tesco Express in Twyford Road, only a few miles from Mrs Edmonds' home, at 2238 GMT that night.

A £30,000 reward has previously been put up for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

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