Ten years ago on 21 October 2009, the victim of an unsolved murder was seen for the very last time.
Three days later the body of Alan Wood was found. He had been tortured and brutally murdered in his home in Edenham Road in Lound near Bourne.
The person or people responsible have never been identified and a decade later, officers are still investigating.
A £40,000 reward is being offered by Sainsbury’s where Alan worked for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.
The Senior Investigating Officer for this case Martin Holvey, who was a Detective Inspector in this investigation in 2009, said: “Forensic investigators did recover DNA from the scene which is believed to be from someone involved in this murder.
“Their DNA profile continues to be checked with databases throughout the world but currently we don’t have a match.
“As forensic technology has advanced considerably since this murder, we are now in the process of applying new forensic methods to the exhibits taken from Alan’s home. This will tell us whether anyone else was present at the time of Alan’s killing.”
Investigating officers remain in contact with Alan’s family who have never come to terms with his murder.
Alan’s mother, Maureen Wood said “I have tried to get on with my life but the last 10 years have been really difficult, losing such a loved son and not knowing why it happened or who was responsible.
“There is not a day that goes by without me thinking of Alan and why someone would have done this to such an innocent man. I don’t want to go to my grave without knowing why it happened.
“I appreciate that people have heard this before, but if there is anyone out there who has any information that can help the police identify the murderer and in doing so provide me with some closure before I have to leave this world, then please, please get in touch with the police.”
Alan’s sister, Sylvia Allet said: “I don’t think we will ever come to terms with what happened or why Alan was targeted in such a way. He was a genuine good guy and although he did not have a great deal of money or valuables, if someone was so desperate for help he would have given them what he had. There was no reason for him to have been treated as he was.”
The murder of Alan Wood
· He was 50-years-old and had a wife
· He led a quiet life – he worked at Sainsbury’s in Bourne, ran a small gardening business and enjoyed a drink at the Willoughby Arms in Little Bytham
· He was the victim of a sustained attack – bound and tortured for the PIN to his bank cards
· His throat was then slit and a deep wound to the back of his neck suggested an attempted decapitation
· The cards were used cashpoints in Bourne and Stamford to remove a small amount of cash from his account
· His body was found in his living room by work colleagues who were concerned that he hadn’t been at work
· There was no clear motive other than financial gain
· Officers have appealed for information across Europe and continue to do so today.
Senior Investigating Officer Martin Holvey said: “We never close a murder investigation and this is one of our force’s most serious and disturbing unresolved crimes.
“This must be tormenting someone’s conscience and it’s quite possible that others have information that could bring this person to justice.
“It is possible that the person or people responsible were visiting our country and are no longer here. This is just one hypothesis although we will investigate any lines of inquiry.”
If you have any information which could help us get closure for Alan’s family please contact us through one of the following ways:
· Call 101 quoting the reference 111 of 9 October 2019
· Give information online at www.lincs.police.uk/news-campaigns/alan-wood-murder/
· Email email@example.com – please remember to put the reference 111 of 9 October 2019 in the subject box
· You can also contact police through the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org
For more information including CCTV images which show someone using Alan’s bank cards and an E-Fit image of this man, please visit: https://www.lincs.police.uk/news-campaigns/alan-wood-murder/
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