Police still hunting Hatfield couple six months after fatal shooting

PUBLISHED: 16:04 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:04 22 October 2013

Thomas Ward with his daughter Lilly, who his family said he doted on

Thomas Ward with his daughter Lilly, who his family said he doted on


Six months after a new father was gunned down outside his home, police have renewed an appeal to find a Hatfield couple wanted in connection with his murder.

John Boy Ward, who is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to murderJohn Boy Ward, who is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to murder

Thomas Ward, 21, was slain five days after his daughter, Lilly, was born.

He was fatally shot on the doorstep of his Stevenage caravan on April 23, where his child and wife slept.

His second cousin John ‘John Boy’ Ward is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

It is thought he fled abroad with his wife Joleen Josie Ward.

Pregnant Joleen Josie Ward.Pregnant Joleen Josie Ward.

The 21-year-old was pregnant when the couple went on the run and is wanted on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Their last known address was Clarkson Court, Hatfield.

Det Chief Insp Sharn Basra, from the Joint Major Crime Unit, said: “Our investigations to trace John Boy and Joleen Josie Ward continue and I would appeal to anyone who has any information on their whereabouts to contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

“We believe the couple left the country in the days after the murder and still may be in Europe.

“North London is also a key area for us as they have links to this area and people there may know something of importance.

“Even though it is six months since the murder, if you haven’t passed on information I would urge you to do this now.

“A family have lost a son, brother, husband and deserve answers as to exactly what happened on the night Thomas died.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 01707 355666 or the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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