Detectives investigating the alleged murder of an elderly woman in Stoke-on-Trent have released an image of a safe similar to one stolen in a robbery.
Josephine Kaye died in hospital 19 days after being brutally assaulted as she answered the door at her home in Harington Drive, Weston Coyney.
She had been threatened with a screwdriver before thousands of pounds in cash was taken in the raid on February 27.
Now, as part of their murder inquiry, officers are asking members of the public whether they have seen a safe abandoned in the area.
Detective Chief Inspector Dan Ison, from Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime Department, said: “We are following a number of lines of inquiry but we are now appealing to the public to come forward with any information about a safe they may have seen locally.
“The picture of the safe is very similar to the one taken from Mrs Kaye’s home and may have been left abandoned somewhere local to the area in Park Hall.
“I would ask anyone who may have seen it to come forward as soon as possible.
“Anyone with information that may be able to assist with our investigation should get in touch.”
A 27-year-old man from Leicestershire, initially arrested on suspicion of robbery and other offences, has been released under investigation while inquiries continue.
He has been remanded in custody in connection with offences in Essex.
Paying tribute to Josephine, her grief-stricken family said: “On Tuesday, our dearly loved mum and nanna passed away in hospital following a violent attack on her while she was in her home.
“Our family are devastated by her loss, and we’re still coming to terms with the circumstances of her sad and untimely death.
“We are working closely with Staffordshire Police and will continue to help and support their investigation in any way we can.
“Whilst we continue to come to terms with these tragic circumstances, we would be grateful if people could respect our privacy and allow us to grieve at this very sad time.”
A 52-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman, both from Stoke-on-Trent, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They have both been bailed until next month.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 654 of February 27, message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.