Graham Snell murder investigation: police appeal to trace man seen 'carrying bags around the town'

Graham Snell.
Graham Snell.

Police investigating the murder of Chesterfield pensioner Graham Snell are appealing for anyone who may have seen a 'man acting suspiciously and carrying bags around the town' to come forward.

Daniel Walsh, 29, of Marsden Street, Chesterfield, is to go on trial later this year for the murder of Mr Snell, 71, also of Marsden Street. He denies the charge.

Police divers have been searching a pond in Newland Gardens, Newbold, for the missing body parts of Graham Snell.

Police divers have been searching a pond in Newland Gardens, Newbold, for the missing body parts of Graham Snell.

Mr Snell was reported missing on June 30 after he was last seen in Chesterfield town centre on June 19.

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Derbyshire police initially launched a missing person appeal but information came to light which turned it into a murder investigation.

Police are today searching a small pond in Newland Gardens, off Newbold Road, for Mr Snell's missing body parts.

Police divers have been searching a pond in Newland Gardens, Newbold, for the missing body parts of Graham Snell.

Police divers have been searching a pond in Newland Gardens, Newbold, for the missing body parts of Graham Snell.

Superintendent Gareth Meadows, of Derbyshire police, said: "Detectives are still keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, or out of the ordinary, between June 19 and 30.

“In particular we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously between those dates carrying bags in or around the town.

“If you have any information, no matter how inconsequential it might seem, please contact us."

He added: “As you will be aware last week 29-year-old Daniel Walsh, of Marsden Street, Chesterfield, was charged with the murder of Graham Snell.

Police on Marsden Street, Chesterfield, where Mr Snell lived, last week.

Police on Marsden Street, Chesterfield, where Mr Snell lived, last week.

“Graham was a man who was well-known and well-liked in the area and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

“Recent media reports regarding this case have revealed specific details about the investigation – including the fact that Mr Snell, 71, was dismembered.

“Officers are currently searching for a number of Mr Snell’s body parts which are currently outstanding.

“I would like to take this opportunity to ask the people of Chesterfield, once again, to come forward with any information that they think may be of use to the investigation.

“As you will be aware we have been searching two addresses in the town – Marsden Street and Oakamoor Close – and today officers are in attendance at a small pond in Newland Gardens, off Newbold Road."

Call police on the 101 non-emergency number, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, with the reference 19*340439.