December 13 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The family of Hornchurch pensioner Rosemary Shearman, who was found dead in her home last week, released a statement today about her “shocking and cruel” death.
They said: “Our mother has been taken from us in an unbelievably shocking and cruel way.
“We are finding it very difficult to come to terms with her loss and the way it happened. She was a devoted grandmother and although she never fully recovered from the death of our father nearly five years ago, she lived a very full and busy life.
“She regularly played tennis, was a member of many local clubs and took day trips and holidays with friends.
“We are hugely grateful to the many friends and family that have been in contact and to the police, who are doing an exemplary job of conducting this investigation and supporting us as a family.”
Rosemary, 77, was found dead on September 3 at her address in Platford Green.
Her post-mortem gave the cause of death as asphyxiation.
Thomas Blazquez, 50, appeared in court yesterday charged with her murder and was remanded in custody.
Metropolitan Police Service detectives are continuing their investigation today by handing out leaflets and conducting door-to-door enquiries in Platford Green and the surrounding areas until 12pm.
Ch Insp Noel McHugh, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are seeking further information about Rosemary’s movements during the morning of Tuesday September 3, particularly during 8.30 to 11am.
“She was due to leave on holiday that morning, having booked a ten day cruise in Norway, but was found dead at home shortly before 12.30pm. Did you see her out and about that morning?
“Also, I am continuing to ask for anyone who saw a man described as white, 6ft 2in tall, of heavy build but not muscular, wearing a dark pin-stripe suit.
“He was carrying a white plastic bag. Did he knock at your door that morning? Or did you see him in and around the area of Platford Green, Tyle Green and Wingletyle Lane?
“If you know anything please get in touch.”
Rosemary was found dead by her neighbours after a taxi driver called at her home to pick her up, but did not receive a response.
Anyone with information should call the police’s incident room on 020 7321 7228.
A 41-year-old man has been stabbed at an address in Harold Hill.