A missing pair of cufflinks could be the key to finding out more details about the death of a pensioner believed to have been murdered in his own home.
Dennis Kellond, 88, was found dead at his home in Godstone, Surrey, on 27 April after suffering a head injury.
Darren McClean, 41, was arrested on 30 April and has been charged with Mr Kellond’s murder, but police are still investigating the pensioner’s death.
Detectives are hunting for a pair of the victims cufflinks — which were an engagement present from the widower’s late wife and may have been stolen from the pensioner’s home — in the hope they will reveal more details about the circumstances of his death.
Surrey Police has issued a picture of the treasured octagonal accessories, in a purple jewellery box from Jays diamond merchants of Oxford Street, London, in the hope someone may recognise them.
Detective Sergeant Daniel Chant said: “It’s important for us to discover what has happened to these cufflinks, which we believe were stolen from Mr Kellond’s home.
“Following conversations with the family it is believed that these cufflinks were an engagement present from Dennis’ late wife so hold extreme sentimental value.”
He added: “It is possible that they have been sold on since, and finding out what has happened to them could assist our investigation into his murder.
“If you have any information about where these cufflinks might be, please get in touch with us straightaway.”
McClean, of Bletchingley, Surrey, pleaded not guilty to his murder and was remanded in custody before his trial which is due for October 12.