THE search for a grieving dad’s stolen laptop containing priceless pictures of his murdered daughter is being stepped up after a reward was offered for its return.
A South Yorkshire businessman has promised to pay a £1,000 reward for the recovery of the computer, which was stolen from Anthony Kearney’s home in Edenthorpe last week.
It contained his photographs and videos of 13-year-old McAuley School pupil Casey Kearney, who died in Doncaster Royal Infirmary on February 14 after being found critically injured with stab wounds in Elmfield Park.
Anthony Hinchliffe, who runs the Sheffield-based telemarketing firm Ant Marketing, offered the reward after reading of the theft in The Star.
He said: “I’m a father of two teenage daughters myself. It must be a tremendously difficult time for the family. I thought for this to happen on top of what they have already gone through must be unbearable. They don’t deserve to go through this.
“It is a really tragic story and it is terrible that they should have lost their memories too. I just want to help.
“Ant Marketing will give a reward of £1,000 for the recovery of the laptop.”
Mr Hinchliffe said he will pay the reward to the person who returns the laptop and called on them to take it to a police station or one of his firm’s offices.
Thieves broke into Mr Kearney’s home on Thursday and stole his black Sony VAI0 laptop.
He said losing Casey had been so painful words could not begin to explain. Photos and videos held all the memories of his daughter and he desperately wanted those back.
Det Con Scott Barley is urging anyone with information to come forward.
Mr Kearney is aware that a reward for the return of the computer had been put up but said he did not want to comment.
Casey’s death moved the community in Doncaster.
Hundreds of people turned out for a candlelit vigil in memory of the teenager from Rossington, and Elmfield Park was packed with floral tributes to the teenager.
Hannah Bonser, aged 26, of Cusworth House, St James Street, has been remanded in custody charged with Casey’s murder and being in possession of two bladed articles.
n Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting incident number 384 of March 15.