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11 January 2011, 10:21 | Updated: 11 January 2011, 10:30
Police teams are searching of an area of Otterbourne near Winchester today (January 11) after a piece of property was found which may lead to the killer of Georgina Edmonds.
From 9am today, which is, co-incidentally, the third anniversary of Mrs Edmonds’ death, specialist search officers have been conducting a search of the area around Oakwood Copse.
This search has been co-ordinated after an item was found by a member of the public and handed in to police. The item is believed to be of significant importance to the inquiry, and has been sent away for forensic testing.
77 year old Georgina Edmonds, was beaten to death in her cottage near Eastleigh in 2008.
Detective Inspector Guy Robyns, part of the Operation Columbian inquiry team, said:
“For operational reasons, we are unable to release further details about the item we had handed in at this time, as we believe it could prove to be a vital part of the ongoing investigation.
“There were several items stolen from Mrs Edmonds’ home that include her black leather Radley handbag, a silver credit card holder and a brightly coloured key fob – red, gold and green in colour.
“We continue to search for the missing items today, and would like to appeal to anybody who regularly uses that area who may have picked up any of the items as described above or may have seen any of them to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should contact the Operation Columbian inquiry team on 101. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Pictures of the missing items are available on the Hampshire Constabulary website at:
A 32-year-old man remains on bail in connection with the murder of Mrs Edmonds.