DETECTIVES have ‘exhausted all lines of inquiry’ in their search for the heartless thieves who stole ‘priceless’ pictures of Liberty Turner.
The Uttoxeter woman died in a car crash in Leek in 2011, aged just 20, and mum Fiona Knox kept pictures of her daughter on two laptops and an external hard drive.
But, when Ms Knox’s Chaffinch Drive home was broken into on November 5, the hardware containing the pictures was among the items taken.
And now, after making two arrests in connection with the break-in, police have revealed their investigation has been ‘filed’.
Ms Knox is making one last plea for the offenders to return her property safely.
She said: “To know that there’s effectively now no hope of getting Liberty’s pictures back is absolutely gutting.
“I’ve managed to salvage some pictures of her from friends and family and on Facebook and I’ve just got to get on with it now.
“I had everything filed on the computers - all the years we spent together, all the holidays and all our memories.
“I want to just put out one final plea for the people who did this to find it in their hearts to return my property.
“If they could just hand it into a shop in town with my name on it, I’m sure it would find its way back to me.
“I still have nightmares about these people being in my home and it’s knocked us all quite badly and bought everything back.
“While the photos are pretty much useless to anyone else, they’re priceless to me and my children.”
Ms Knox said Christmas and New Year had been ‘difficult’ but thanked friends and family for rallying round her.
She said: “We all miss Liberty terribly. It was nice having friends and family around during the festive period.
“We talked about her a lot, which is really important.”
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Two arrests were made in connection to this offence but now all lines of inquiry have been exhausted.
“Should any new information come to light, that will be reviwed.
“The stolen property has not been recovered.”
Anyone with information to call case officer Jon Stephenson on 101, quoting incident number 566 of November 5.
They can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.