Item found in Hampshire murder inquiry river search

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Georgina Edmonds was tortured then battered with her marble rolling pin

Police searching a river for clues into the murder of an elderly woman who was battered to death with her rolling pin have said they have found an item.

Georgina Edmonds, 77, was tortured for her bank card Pin number and killed at her cottage in Brambridge, near Eastleigh, Hampshire, in January 2008.

Fresh searches of the river began after police received new information.

The item, which police will not identify, is to be sent for urgent forensic tests.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said the item "may be significant".

Cash card

The forensic tests will be able to establish if the item found is linked to the murder, she said.

Specialist officers searched the area between Brambridge and Eastleigh on Saturday.

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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