The senior detective overseeing an investigation into the murder of a South Yorkshire man 10 years ago said it is time for people withholding ‘secrets’ to come forward.
Acting Detective Superintendent Terry Mann spoke after a £7,000 reward was offered for information leading to the conviction of the killer of 43-year-old Brian Metcalfe, who died in October 2001.
Det Supt Mann said he is convinced local people can help him crack the case and help Brian’s family move on.
He said two pathologists had examined Brian’s body after it was found slumped under a bridge on Station Road, Wath, and both were convinced he had been assaulted beforehand.
Det Supt Mann said: “My hope is that someone in the community who has been holding onto a secret all these years will now feel it is time to let us know, to relieve them of that burden,” he said.
“The reward now on offer may help but people have a moral obligation to give a grieving family some closure and allow them to get on with the rest of their lives knowing what happened to Mr Metcalfe.”
Det Supt Metcalfe said Brian’s last know movements were ‘sketchy’ and he urged anyone with any information to come forward.
“We are still trying to establish where he had been in the days before his body was found because it is believed he could have died two days earlier,” he said.
“We are keeping an open mind as to the motive.”
Brian’s family has offered £5,000 as a reward for information which helps track down the killer and Crimestoppers has put up £2,000.
n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 296 3161 or Crimestoppers on 0800 500111.