The family of an 83-year-old man who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs have described him as “a lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather”.
Peter Wrighton, from Banham, Norfolk, was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head on Saturday morning.
No arrests have been made since his body was found by a member of the public in woodland near the Fiveways Junction close to the village of East Harling.
The family of retired BT worker Mr Wrighton, who had been married for 59 years, paid tribute to his “kind nature” and his “love of walking his dogs and chatting with people to pass the time of day”.
They said: “Peter was immensely kind and never had a bad word to say about anybody and people always seemed to take a liking to him.
“We are extremely thankful for all the people who have come forward to speak with the police and hope we will soon be able to understand why this has happened.
“When we think of Peter, we remember him with fond and happy memories that will stay with us always.”
Mr Wrighton retired to Norfolk 30 years ago after a 35-year career with BT.
Murder detectives are continuing to investigate his death and believe a member of the public could hold the key to finding his killer.
Chief Superintendent Mike Fawcett moved to reassure people that detectives are following “several lines of inquiry” and said police had received more than 100 calls in the last three days.
He urged people who were in the area between 9am and 11am on Saturday to contact police, and for local residents and businesses within a five-mile radius of the murder scene to check their bins, gardens and outbuildings for any discarded items, such as bloodstained clothing or a knife.
He also asked for businesses and premises in the area with CCTV systems to preserve footage relating to 6am to 9pm on Saturday, and for those with dash cams to keep footage and contact police.
“We remain concerned that we have not yet been able to trace the person or people responsible for Peter’s death,” said Mr Fawcett.
“I hope residents will take some reassurance from the increased policing presence today which will be continuing throughout the evening and as long as is necessary, but I am aware that this incident will be causing some to worry.
“I would ask people to remain vigilant and to contact us if they see anything suspicious.”
He described Mr Wrighton as of slim build, 5ft 7in, with grey hair and glasses.
He said Mr Wrighton was wearing blue/grey trousers, a black T-shirt and brown walking boots when he was killed, had driven his red Skoda Fabia car to the woods and was walking his 10-year-old foxhound cross and 13-year-old trailhound cross.