Daughter in new appeal to help catch murderer

June Price from South Elmsall with a picture of her mum Vera Cooper who was strangled in her home at Grimethorpe near Barnsley in 2002'Police are appealing for any information about the murder as it is the 10th anniversartion anniversary
June Price from South Elmsall with a picture of her mum Vera Cooper who was strangled in her home at Grimethorpe near Barnsley in 2002'Police are appealing for any information about the murder as it is the 10th anniversartion anniversary

THE heartbroken daughter of a pensioner found strangled at home is using the 10th anniversary of her murder to appeal for help in catching the killer.

Vera Cooper, aged 80, was found dead in her bungalow on Greenbank Walk, Grimethorpe, Barnsley, on January 24, 2002.

A post mortem examination revealed she had been strangled and it was later discovered that money had been taken and a CCTV camera outside had been removed.

But her killer has never been found.

Today, Vera’s daughter June Price, 62, of South Elmsall, near Pontefract, said she was desperate for justice for her mum.

She said: “In some ways I can’t believe it has been 10 years, then in other ways it feels like a lifetime – I didn’t only lose my mum but my best friend too.

“I just want to know what happened and who did this – was it a break-in that went wrong or did someone set out to intentionally do it?

“The worst part is not knowing who is responsible for my mum’s death – you could see them and not know and because of that I just can’t get over it.

“We need justice for my mum before we can lay this to rest and I am convinced somebody must know something about this.

“We feel like we are the ones who have served a 10-year sentence yet the person who killed my mum is walking free – how can that be right?”

Vera, who had five sons and two daughters but lost one of her girls at three years old, was also a grandmother and great grandmother.

June said: “She loved all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I used to speak to her every single day and it breaks my heart that she is not here with us. I think about it every day.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 246 of January 23.