Barnsley woman formally identified

Date published: 02 June 2018 14:29
Dated: 02 June 2018 15:28:39

A 73-year-old woman who was killed at a house in the Wombwell area of Barnsley has been named as Jill Hibberd, as detectives continue with enquiries. 

At around 7.45am on Thursday 31 May, emergency services were called to a house in Roy Kilner Road, following reports that a woman’s body had been found in the living room of the property. 

Formal identification has now taken place and the woman has been named as Jill Hibberd. While Jill is not thought to have any immediate family, she has a number of close friends who have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. 

A post-mortem examination has concluded that Jill died as a result of multiple stab wounds and officers have arrested a 40-year-old Barnsley man on suspicion of her murder. He remains in police custody.

Officers are looking for a red Audi TT, registration number YM17 SYJ, which was taken from the driveway of Jill’s home at 9pm on Wednesday night, 30 May.

Detective Chief Inspector Jude Ashmore, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: “Our thoughts are with Jill’s friends at this sad time. Detectives continue to work tirelessly to build a picture of Jill’s background and determine the events that led to her death, which was reported to us on Thursday.

"Our forensic team has also been hard at work but I cannot stress enough how important it is for anyone with information about what happened to Jill, who is responsible for her death and any sightings of her Audi, contact us immediately.”


Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could prove vital to the investigation. If you can help, please call 101 and quote incident number 141 of 31 May 2018. You can also call our incident room directly on 01709 443510 or Cimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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