MURDER detectives investigating the brutal stabbing of Rotherham woman Julie Gallagher are following up calls received after her sister made an emotional plea to find the killer.
New leads have emerged following an appeal for witnesses by Deborah Bradshaw, whose sister was last seen alive on March 25.
Det Supt Colin Fisher, who is leading the murder investigation, said new information had to come to light following a press conference last week.
He said: “We had a very positive response with people phoning up.
“We have now got a number of lines of enquiry we are following up.”
The body of Mrs Gallagher (41), was found at her home in Foljambe Road, Eastwood on March 27—two days after she was seen leaving her local pub the Cranworth on nearby Fitzwilliam Road.
She died from a single stab wound to her chest.
Detectives arrested a 55-year-old Eastwood man who has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Police say they are keeping an open mind about the motive for the murder.
They believe the killer was local and known to Julie.
Officers have revealed that Julie was seen arguing with a man, who they are keen to trace, shortly after leaving the pub.
He is described as being of a slim build, less than 5ft 9ins tall, with a light coloured jacket and grey or white hair.
It was also disclosed that a number of items of jewellery were found to be missing from Julie’s house after her murder.
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020.