Appeal to trace pensioner's killer
The son and daughter of a pensioner murdered at her riverside cottage have appealed for help to bring her killer to justice.
The body of retired teacher Betty Yates, 77, was found at her remote property near Bewdley, Worcestershire, on January 4. She is believed to have been killed two days earlier.
Her daughter Hazel told a press conference it was possible her mother knew her killer.
She said: "Friends and family ask us what we think of who could be responsible for this but we have no idea of who could do something like this to our mum."
Hazel Costello told the media that her mother's funeral took place last week. She said: "We are, of course, devastated by the dreadful manner in which our mum met her death at the beginning of this year.
"We held her funeral on Thursday of last week, which was an even sadder affair because we were too fragile to contemplate a gathering beyond immediate family.
"We would like to apologise to all those people who would have liked to have paid their respects and we promise to hold a memorial service later in the year when our feelings are less raw."
Mrs Costello, flanked by her brother, David Yates, added: "We are completely bewildered as to who could carry out such a savage attack on our mother. That this should have happened in her home makes this even more difficult to bear.
"Our mum and dad searched for many years to find this spot and then built their dream, not just in bricks and mortar. Our father, Ray, died almost seven years ago and there was never a possibility in our minds that Mum would want to leave the cottage.
"She was so happy there - it is a truly beautiful place filled with shared family memories."