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Urgent appeal into the murder of West Molesey mother

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Urgent appeal into the murder of West Molesey mother

Published at 11:39am 13th March 2017. (Updated at 11:44am 13th March 2017)

Surrey Police has today (March 13) issued an urgent appeal into the murder of West Molesey mother-of-two, Robyn Mercer.

The 50 year-old was found dead outside a house in the area, having suffered multiple blows to the head on March 14 2016.

Over the past 12 months officers have been working on the complex investigation, named Operation Zebu.

Detectives from the Major Crime Team, officers with forensic expertise, internal police and external independent search teams, dog units, family liaison officers and Neighbourhood Specialist Officers have all been involved in the inquiry.

So far twenty search warrants have been executed as part of the investigation, more than 1,800 items have been seized and 155 exhibits have so far been forensically examined.

We're told detectives have followed up on nearly 1,000 taskings and hundreds of lines of enquiry; neighbourhood specialist officers have made 6,400 house to house calls with 13,000 questionnaires returned.

More than 1500 hours of CCTV have also been viewed. 

Shortly after the incident, tributes were paid to the West Molesey mother.

In September a BBC Crimewatch programme featured DCI Paul Rymarz who made a direct appeal to the public for help with the case.

As a result of this, information was released which enabled detectives to locate and identify a dog walker who had been seen on CCTV.

A reward of up to £10,000 was offered by the independent charity Crimestoppers for information that led to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

A specialist independent search team was brought in to conduct an underwater search of a lake in October. 

Today, DCI Rymarz said: “I would urge anyone who has information which might help the investigation and has not yet come forward, to speak with officers as a matter of utmost urgency. I am convinced the answer lies within the local community and we must ensure those responsible for this atrocious act faces conviction.”

Anyone who can help the investigation is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting Operation Zebu.


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