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Friday, 30 November, 2001, 13:28 GMT
Police say OAP killer was 'bloodstained'
House on Anglesey where the body of 90-year-old Muriel Leyshon was found
Police have begun an intense investigation into the murder
Police investigating the murder of an elderly woman appealed for information from anyone who saw a friend or relative with blood on their clothes over the weekend.

In a press conference on Friday, detectives said the person responsible for the "frenzied" attack must have been bloodstained.

Mabel Leyshon
Mabel Leyshon was murdered over the weekend
Mabel Leyshon, 90, who lived alone in Llanfairpwll, was the victim of a frenzied attack at her home between 1430GMT on Saturday and 1230GMT on Sunday.

She had been repeatedly stabbed in an attack that has been labelled "callous and brutal" by police officers.

Everyone who was in the Llanfairpwll area last weekend has been asked by police to retrace their steps on Saturday and Sunday.

Detectives hope to interview pedestrians and motorists in the Lon Pant area over the weekend, as they search for further clues in the investigation.

Bridge footage

On Thursday, North Wales police announced they would be examining CCTV film of traffic on the Britannia Bridge in the search for the attacker.

Police want to trace the driver of a light-coloured - possibly blue - van, seen parked in Ms Leyshon's driveway in the days before her death.

Police patrols at Llanfairpwll on Anglesey
Police hope to jog memories of last weeked
Despite repeated appeals, the owner of the van has not come forward.

Police are keen to locate the driver, even if it is to eliminate him from the inquiry.

"We want the person who did this arrested as soon as possible and everything, and I emphasise everything, possible is being done," said Chief Superintendent Keith Humphreys

"We can't be satisfied until this person is arrested and facing prosecution," he said.

Psychologist called

Detectives had already enlisted the help of the national crime faculty and a criminal psychologist to create a profile of Ms Leyshon's attacker.

Meanwhile, officers continue to search for the murder weapon, which they describe as "some kind of bladed weapon".

Details of a salesman seen in Llanfairpwll on Friday were also released.

It has emerged that Mrs Leyshon had spoken to a friend from Birkenhead, Liverpool, on the telephone on Saturday at 1430GMT.

But what happened between that point and when she was found on Sunday remains a mystery.

Mrs Leyshon had lived in Lon Pant for 40 years and neighbours said she was a private but active and independent woman.

Persons with information should contact North Wales Police on 01286 684868.

See also:

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