Help find mum’s 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
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THE HEARTBROKEN daughter of a pensioner who was murdered in her own home is appealing for information on the tenth anniversary of her death.

June Price, of Rowley Lane, South Elmsall, is desperate for closure after her mum, Vera Cooper, was killed at her Grimethorpe home on January 24, 2002.

Police initially believed Mrs Cooper, 80, had died of natural causes but an examination by a Home Office pathologist later found that she had been strangled.

Despite an intensive investigation and numerous appeals for information over the last decade, nobody has been brought to justice for her death.

Mrs Price, now 72, said: “We had been out and about sorting out my daughter’s wedding. She was getting married in a castle and we were choosing flowers and things like that. It was beautiful. We got home at about teatime and one of my mum’s friends called to see if she was with us because she wasn’t answering her phone.

“I went round to mum’s house with my husband, Les, and we found her dead. I went from being in a fairytale to being straight down into hell. Les was telling me that money and other things were missing and that things had been rearranged but I just couldn’t process it.

“It was a big shock when we found out that someone had killed my mum. From planning my daughter’s dream wedding to finding my mum murdered. You can never imagine what that is like.”

South Yorkshire Police have renewed its appeal for information on the anniversary of Mrs Cooper’s death.

Officers believe she knew her killer as there was no sign of forced entry and the back door was unlocked even though she was known to be very security conscious.

The fact that several things were missing - including a CCTV camera - from her bungalow on Greenbank Walk led police to believe that Mrs Cooper had also been burgled.

Mrs Price, who owns Les and June Price Carpet shop in South Elmsall with her husband, said: “We are still waiting for the phone call that will bring us answers. Every anniversary brings all the pain back and I just hope that this appeal will be the one that strikes someone’s conscience.

“Somebody has got to know something that can help us. We are ten years down the line and even though the police have had plenty of people in for questioning, we still don’t know who did this.

“It is like we have lived a ten-year sentence. We have done the time for a crime someone else committed.

“We have got on with our lives but it has never been the same. The laughter has never been there in the same way. We don’t want to be in this position in another ten years’ time.”

Anyone who knows anything about the murder of Mrs Cooper should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 246 of Monday, 23 January 2012.