River search over Brambridge cottage murder

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Georgina Edmonds was tortured then battered with her own rolling pin

Police investigating the murder of a pensioner who was battered to death in her Hampshire home are to start a fresh search of the river near her cottage.

Georgina Edmonds, 77, was tortured for her bank card PIN number and killed with her rolling pin in Brambridge, near Eastleigh, in January 2008.

Detectives said they had received new information identifying a specific area of the river and tow path.

Specialist officers are searching the area between Brambridge and Eastleigh.

DNA profile

Det Ch Insp Paul Barton: "Searches have already taken place in the tow path shortly after the murder occurred but we are now acting upon information received as part of the inquiry and are searching specific areas of water and the tow path.

"This area is popular with joggers and walkers and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anything that could be connected with this incident to come forward and speak to us."

Mrs Edmonds was found dead on 11 January 2008 by her son and a family friend.

Detectives have a DNA profile of the attacker, who they believe used her cash card after her murder.

The man was wearing a fluorescent jacket when he used a cash machine at a Tesco Express in Twyford Road, only a few miles from Mrs Edmonds' home, at 2238 GMT on the same day.

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