Huddersfield Daily Examiner (25/Aug/1891) - The Linthwaite Murder: The Search for Stockwell

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The police up to the present time have not heard anything definite as to the whereabouts of the man James Stockwell, who is "wanted" in connection with the murder of the girl Catherine Dennis, at Linthwaite, on Friday last. There are various rumours as to his having been seen at different parts of the district, and in one instance a large search party turned out to see if he were not hidden in a part of Honley Wood, near Meltham. The search and other matters relating to Stockwell — or some one supposed to greatly resemble him — are described in the following communication from a correspondent, received this afternoon:—

"Stockwell, the man who is wanted by the police for the above murder, was seen on Monday morning, about 11 a.m., by several people to enter Honley Wood (near the silk mills, Meltham Mills). Some of them knew him well, but did not at the time know he was wanted. Information of his entering the wood was given to the police, and search parties of the villagers also scoured the wood in the afternoon, but could not unearth their man, the bracken being very high and suitable for hiding. At night another search party left Meltham about 6-30 p.m., and went to the wood. At about 8-20 p.m. a man supposed to be Stockwell was met on the road near Knowl Top Farm, by two men, who, however, at the time did not know the description of the man wanted. They told afterwards, and the man was undoubtedly Stockwell. They spoke to him, it seems, but he passed on and never replied. He was on the road going towards Honley at the time, but from information given by others who were on the road directly afterwards he must have left the road and gone into the wood on the other side of the road, known as Slade Pit Wood. This would be about 6-30 p.m. last night (Monday). This information is vouched for by one of the search party, and it is sent to you in order that the public on the Honley and Holmfirth side may be on the alert. The police were informed early yesterday afternoon where Stockwell had been seen. To all appearance the man seems to have been driven from the Meltham portion of Honley Wood, near to Messrs. Brook's thread works, by the search party from Meltham, numbering between fifty and sixty men."