Today marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Pat Grainger in Sheffield. On 10 August 1997, her body was found in a brook close to her home in Parson Cross. No one has ever been convicted of the crime. However, the case is still open and Senior Investigating Officer David Stopford is appealing for new information.
He said: “Pat’s family, and in particular her son Daniel, have never stopped fighting for justice. 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 in Parson Cross. She had been sexually assaulted, stabbed and strangled.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."