Fresh appeal 20 years after Patricia Grainger murder in Sheffield

By Ben Bason

Published: 10 08 2017

20 years after she was killed, police are making a fresh appeal for information about the murder of a Sheffield woman.

25 year old Patricia Grainger was found dead in Parson Cross on this day in 1997 – she was strangled, stabbed and sexually assaulted.

Her killer’s never been found.

Officers are parking a mobile police station in the area today and asking residents to share what they remember of that day.

They will also share a new appeal poster with local businesses.

“Pat’s family, and in particular her son Daniel, have never stopped fighting for justice,” says Senior Investigating Officer David Stopford.

“They desperately need to know what happened to her in 1997. Together, we hope that this 20th anniversary will jog people’s memories.

“It’s very important everyone knows that the case is still open, and that we still want members of the public to come forward with information. You might remember something that was said years ago, or something that you saw. Even if it feels trivial or insignificant, please tell us. It might be important.”

Pat’s body was found in a brook behind Deerlands Avenue. When she was last seen, on 9 August 1997, she was wearing a dark sweater, a black skirt and white trainers. The last sighting of Pat was on Addlington Road in Parson Cross, at 6.30pm on that evening.

DCI Stopford added: “Our mobile police station is in Parson Cross today, and our officers and PCSOs are out and about talking to people about what they remember from the time. We are also putting up fresh appeal posters in the area, to remind people that the case is still very much active.

“But our renewed appeal is about more than one day of activity. The case will remain open, so I am encouraging you to call 101 and speak to someone in confidence, or email us at [email protected]. You can also report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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