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Grave note sparks hunt for Jodie in Newham – can you help?

PUBLISHED: 13:55 08 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:55 08 September 2015

The grave of murder victim Victor Albert Edwards in West Ham Cemetery

The grave of murder victim Victor Albert Edwards in West Ham Cemetery

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Two years ago, a woman named Jodie left a letter by a grave at West Ham Cemetery.

Susan Gallagher with the note from JodieSusan Gallagher with the note from Jodie

She had placed it next to the final resting place of Albert Victor Edwards, the man she believed to be her biological father, and asked the note’s finder to contact her so she could learn more about him.

But when Mr Edwards’ daughter, Sue Gallagher, came across it while tending to her father’s grave, the contact details had been washed off by the rain.

“It would be great to find another sister,” said Sue, who has spent the past couple of years trying to track Jodie down, but to no avail. “Someone must recognise it or know about it,” she added.

Sue was born in Stratford in 1950, the third of five siblings. Her parents split up and had a further five children between them, including one who was adopted.

The letter left behind by a woman named Jodie, along with the reply from Susan GallagherThe letter left behind by a woman named Jodie, along with the reply from Susan Gallagher

She was just 15 when her lorry driver father, known to his friends as Vic, was killed on Christmas Day, 1965. A woman was later convicted of his manslaughter.

Sue said her father was well-known in the area for singing in bars, including the Dew Drop Inn and the Chobham Arms.

“He was an extremely good-looking man, and a good singer,” the 65-year-old said. “I’m not surprised there are siblings out there.”

Sue, who now lives in Birmingham, still visits her father’s grave two or three times a year. But she has no way of finding Jodie.

The grave of murder victim Victor Albert Edwards in West Ham CemeteryThe grave of murder victim Victor Albert Edwards in West Ham Cemetery

“The problem is I don’t know her surname,” said the grandmother-of-two.

“I don’t think it could have been Edwards, otherwise she’d have grown up with a different surname to her mum and would have asked questions before.”

All Sue knows about her half-sister is that she must be at least 50, given the date of Vic’s death.

“I know my father better than my siblings as I lived with him when the marriage split up,” she said. “I’ve got stories about him that I’d like to share with Jodie.”

The grave of murder victim Victor Albert Edwards in West Ham CemeteryThe grave of murder victim Victor Albert Edwards in West Ham Cemetery

If you can help to find Jodie, please contact the Newham Recorder by emailing newsdesk@newhamrecorder.co.uk or calling 020 8477 3900. You can also tweet us using the hashtag #FindJodie.


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