A REWARD of £7,000 is being offered for information to help South Yorkshire detectives solve a 10-year-old murder investigation.
The cash is being offered by Crimestoppers and relatives of 43-year-old Rotherham man Brian Metcalfe, whose body was discovered slumped under a bridge in Wath 10 years ago.
A post mortem examination revealed he had been assaulted beforehand.
Mr Metcalfe’s body was body was found under a bridge on Station Road, Wath, on Sunday, October 14, 2001, but post mortem results revealed he may have died two days earlier.
Detectives have never found his killer but are using the 10th anniversary of his death to re-appeal for information to help them crack the case.
They hope the cash reward being offered for information leading to the conviction of the killer will tempt people to come forward.
Police say they believe that ‘the answer to his murder lies in the Wath community’.
Acting Detective Superintendent Terry Mann said the case has been thoroughly investigated over the years and regularly reviewed and although arrests had been made nobody has ever been charged.
“We are appealing to the public and in particular the community of Wath on the 10-year anniversary of Brian’s death,” he said.
“I am specifically asking for anyone out and about in Wath between Friday, October 12, and Sunday, October 14, 2001 who may have seen Brian, to contact us.
“Were you out near Station Road that weekend? Did you see Brian, who was 5ft 8ins tall and of a stocky build. He was wearing a black leather jacket and black denim jeans.
“You may have kept some information on this crime for 10 years.
“Now is the time to come forward and help provide some answers for a grieving family.
“Your life may have moved on, but Brian’s family cannot.
“South Yorkshire Police remain determined to bring the person responsible for Brian’s death to justice.”
Brian’s family are offering a £5,000 reward and Crimestoppers have pledged a further £2,000 for information leading to a conviction.
Brian’s sister Sue Metcalfe, said the death still haunts them.
She said: “Ten years have gone by and not a day passes without us thinking of Brian. His death haunts us.
“Please help us find closure and help him to rest in peace. If you have any information at all please phone.”
n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 296 3161 or Crimestoppers on 0800 500111.