Phone clue in hunt for killer
Mystery caller says he saw Pat’s murderer
14th November 1997
By Paul Whitehouse
A LOVE cheat who believes he saw the man who murdered Pat Grainger emerged today as the police’s best hope of finding her killer.
The man refused to come forward with his information earlier having to answer questions about why he ended up at the brook, where Pat’s body was found, after drinking in a local pub.
But he has now left a tantaslising anonymous message on an answerphone at the home of Roy Wright, Pat’s stepdad, claiming to hold vital new information.
Police are taking the incident seriously and now face the painstaking task of trying to trace the caller.
He had been expected to call again, but has failed to do so.
Today Det Supt Derek Deakin, leading the murder hunt, appealed for him to contact the police in confidence.
Information the caller holds could be enough to provide police with the breakthrough they need to find the man who stabbed, strangled and sexually assaulted Pat.
“it is vital that we get to speak to this man, and can do so confidentially.” said Det Supt Deakin, “We are not interested in his personal circumstanes.”
Roy picked up the taped message when he returned to his Buchanan Road home and contacted police with the information: “There is nothing we would like more than for this man to come forward. He may have the information police need.” he said.
“I know he has his own reasons for not coming forward earlier, but he should do so now.” he said.
Pat’s murder in August stunned her many friends on the Parson Cross estate.
Her body was discovered a week after she had gone missing but it is believed she died only a day before her conealed body was found by two children playing in the area.
In the polie inquiry which followed, one man was charged with murder but was later released after officers and lawyers decided to drop action against him.
Contact South yorkshire polie on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111