A GRIEVING mum has urged those with information on the whereabouts of her son’s body to come forward.
Speaking on the 12th anniversary of the death of Jesse Richards in Cleeve Prior, his mum Lucy Richards has once again appealed for information to help trace his body.
Jesse, who was originally from Gloucester, was killed in a sustained and brutal attack over a drugs debt on July 31, 2009.
Five men were jailed in connection with his death and were collectively sentenced to more than 50 years in prison
Despite bringing those responsible to justice, Jesse’s body has never been found and detectives hope the local community will come forward with information.
His family continue to hope Jesse will be found and his mother Lucy has reiterated her appeal for anyone with information to come forward.
She said: “It is difficult enough coming to terms with Jesse’s murder and 12 years on there isn’t a day I don’t think about him.
“I’m not getting any younger and life is made so much harder not being able to lay him to rest. It is made much worse as I’m sure any mother or close family would understand by not being able to visit him on dates such as birthdays and significant family events and of course the anniversary of his death.
“Please, if anyone knows anything no matter how small it may seem, think about his family and get in touch with the police.”
Detectives believe the body was originally taken to Warwickshire where it was hidden.
Det Insp Mark Peters said: “A number of persons responsible for Jesse’s death were brought to justice however 12 years on some of those are now being released from their custodial sentences, his family continue their sentence unable to find peace until he is found.
“With the discovery of any unexplained bodies, the family’s hopes are raised only to be dashed again. We remain determined to find Jesse and will consider and act upon information received as we did with searches in June of last year (2020) when sadly nothing of significance was found.
A £10,000 reward is still available for information leading to the successful discovery of Jesse’s body.
Anyone with any information that could help the searches is urged to contact West Mercia Police on 101 and ask to speak to Det Sgt Gareth Evans. Or you can call him directly on 07977 068 033.
DS Evans is keen to stress any contact will remain confidential but there is obviously a benefit in being able to discuss the information.