UNSOLVED: The murder of Thelma Clapham (2004) – Hamilton, ON

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Thelma Clapham was a proud mother of five children and a grandmother.

On December 2nd, 2004, at approximately 11.30am, police responded to apartment #903 at 226 Rebecca Street in Hamilton. Upon entering the apartment, they discovered the body of a 79 year old grandmother.

Thelma Clapham died as a result of blunt force trauma in her ninth floor apartment, where she had lived alone for the past four years. There was no sign or forced entry and police have yet to determine a motive for the killing.

Police say the last time Thelma is confirmed to have been seen alive was Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004.

Hamilton Police Service Major Crime Unit has been investigating the case in the years since Thelma’s vicious murder.

The apartment wasn’t ransacked but some cash was stolen. Police have not been able to establish a motive.

Police say they now have information that a woman may have been involved in this crime. Although no weapon has been recovered, investigators also believe they know what was used to kill the victim.

Anyone with information on this murder is asked to contact Detective Michelle Moore at 905-546-3843 and Detective Mike McNaughton at 905-546-4123 or call Hamilton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The Hamilton Police Services Board has authorized a reward of $5000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrendous crime.

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