A fresh appeal for information has been launched on the third anniversary of Karoly ‘Charlie’ Varga being found at his home in Cannon Street, Wellingborough.
Police believe that Charlie had been viciously assaulted in his home with a hatchet-like weapon on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 27, 2011, shortly after he had let an unidentified visitor into his home.
While of Hungarian descent, 76-year-old ‘Charlie’ Varga had lived in the United Kingdom since the 1950s and was very much a local Wellingborough man.
Northamptonshire Police are appealing for anybody who finds the murder weapon or abandoned black and grey Lonsdale training shoes to make contact with them.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin said: “Even after three years this murder remains an open investigation, and I still believe it can still be solved. The case is reviewed whenever there is an advance in forensic science, but key to solving the case would be the discovery of the murder weapon and the killer’s training shoes.”
The murder weapon and the key to Mr Varga’s back door were taken from the scene by the killer who would have needed to dispose of the weapon, and could have hidden it anywhere in the Cannon Street area of Wellingborough - or even further afield. The murderer also would have needed to dispose of his clothing, including a pair of black and grey Lonsdale training shoes.
DCI Kinchin added: “While many materials decompose over time, items such as the murder weapon and the killer’s Lonsdale training shoes would be likely to survive to this day and finding these items would be a major breakthrough. If the murderer did not destroy these items, they would certainly want to hide them and so they could still be lying undiscovered.
“The murderer would probably not want to travel very far with the weapon, so it may have been pushed into a hedge, thrown into a garden, or hidden in the rubbish and undergrowth of the many alleys and overgrown areas around the street off Cannon Street and Clark Road.
“It may even be that somebody has later found the weapon in their garden and kept it, not realising its significance.”
A £10,000 reward from the family remains unclaimed for information leading to the conviction of Charlie’s killer.
Northamptonshire Police are currently preparing a file for the Coroner to allow Karoly ‘Charlie’ Varga’s full inquest to be heard at a later date.