Police appeal to find Gloucester man's body

31 July 2018, 14:23 | Updated: 31 July 2018, 14:54

Evesham murder victim

Nine years after the death of a Gloucester man, police are appealing for help to find his body.

40-year-old Jesse Richards was killed in Evesham in a 'merciless and sustained attack' over a drugs debt in July 2009. 

Five men were jailed in connection with his death in 2012 and sentenced to a total of more than 50 years. 

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Moore said: "I would urge anyone who thinks they may have information regarding the whereabouts of Jesse's body to contact us, however insignificant the details may seem. 

"We are confident that there are people out there who know the location or have information which could lead us to recovering Jesse's body and give his family the chance to lay their loved one to rest." 

West Mercia Police believe that his body was originally taken to Warwickshire, where it was hidden. 

DCI Moore continued: "We know there are individuals who will have the information which could lead us to Jesse's body and are choosing not to come forward. 

"I appeal to them to consider the pain Jesse's family continue to suffer long after his death and ask them to re-consider contacting the Police. 

"The recovery of Jesse's body is still a key police objective and in May 2018, searches were carried out at a site near Corley, but nothing of any significance was recovered." 

A £10,000 reward is still available for information leading to the successful discovery of Jesse's body and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact police using the non-emergency 101 number and ask to speak to DS Gareth Evans, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers.