The net detective

The net detective

Danny launces website to find who murdered his mum in 1997

By Ian Key

11th August 2008

A TEENAGER has launched an internet site in a bid to track down the person who murdered his mother when he was just five years old.

Daniel Grainger, 16, From Sheffield has few memories of his mother Patricia – who was strangled and stabbed to death in 1997.

Now, 11 years on, he has launched a website and urged police to re-open the case.

Daniel, 16, hopes advances in DNA technology will provide a breakthrough and urges people to come forward with information.

He said: “I can’t rest knowing her killer is out there. Someone has to know what happend to my mum, and why.”

The website features a clock counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds which have passed “since my mum was murdered.”

Pat’s body was found 11 years ago yesterday in a brook near her home in Parson Cross, Sheffield.

The 25-year-old had been strangled, stabbed and sexually assaulted, then her body covered with a mattress and left in the water.

It is belived Pat lay undiscovered for around 24 hours – but to this day detectives do not know whether she was killed near the brook or murdered elsewhere and dumped.

Daniel, Who has just one treasured photograph of him and his mum together, says he can still vividly remember the day he was told of her death.

He said: “I remember crying, seeing the police everywhere on the street and seeing her photo in the paper.

“I don’t know what kind of life i would have had with her – I was robbed of the chance of finding out and really getting to know her.

“I’m hoping someone out there will come forward to help put my mum’s killer away, to let her rest in peace.”


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