Missing keys sought in Bridlington hotel murder manhunt

A set of keys Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption The keys look similar to these but are for room 1, police said.

A set of room keys used by a man being hunted over the fatal stabbing of a guest house landlady are being sought as part of the murder inquiry.

Bei Carter, 49, was found dead at the guest house she ran in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, on Friday night.

Officers are continuing to search for guest John Heald, from Rotherham, and revealed the keys for room 1 - where he checked in on 17 July - are missing.

Anyone who sees Mr Heald is asked to dial 999.

Det Ch Insp Matthew Baldwin of Humberside Police, who is leading the murder investigation, said the keys may have been "lost or discarded" in the Bridlington or South Yorkshire area.

Mr Heald, 53, is thought to have travelled back to South Yorkshire and a search for him continues in the Rotherham area.

More than 150 police, including armed officers, are involved in the hunt for him.

He is also wanted in connection with a "targeted serious sexual assault" in Sheffield on 13 July, police said.

Ch Sup Jason Harwin, of South Yorkshire Police, said there had been more than 200 reported sightings of Mr Heald but many of those had been "eliminated".

A £5,000 reward has been offered by charity Crimestoppers for information leading to his arrest and an appeal was broadcast on the BBC Crimewatch programme on Tuesday evening.

Flowers have been laid for Ms Carter outside Morayland Guest House on Marshall Avenue.

Police said she had died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Her family, who returned to the area from China two years ago, are said to be "shocked and outraged" by her death.

Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption The keys may have been discarded in East or South Yorkshire, police said.

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