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Heartbroken family renew appeal for missing body

Stratford Editorial 19th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SEVEN YEARS after Jesse Richards was beaten to death his heartbroken family has renewed their appeal for any information which could help police locate his body.

Jesse Richards, from Surrey, was killed in Cleeve Prior near Evesham over a drugs debt in 2009 after being subjected to a sustained and brutal attack. His body is thought to have been taken somewhere in Warwickshire by his attackers to be disposed of.

A five strong gang, including two Coventry men, were jailed in 2012 over Jesse’s death, and were sentenced to over 58 years in prison.

But Jesse’s body was never recovered.

Now, seven years on, his devastated mother, Lucy, has reiterated her pleas for anyone with information to come forward.

She said: “I speak to those people who have information but haven’t contacted police.

“If they could for one minute put themselves in my place they would know the heartache I am feeling and have felt for the last seven years.

“I ask anyone who has any information that could lead me to my son’s body to please contact the police.”

West Mercia Police Supt Mark Loader, who led the investigation, said while justice had been served to Jesse’s killers, his family continue to suffer having been denied the opportunity to lay him to rest.

He added: “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 to consider the pain Jesse’s family continue to suffer long after his death and ask them to re-consider 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 should call police on 101.


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