DETECTIVES investigating how a grandmother suffered serious head injuries want to speak to a couple who helped her home two days earlier.
Jean Pounder, 61, is still in a critical condition after being rushed to hospital by paramedics just after midnight on Monday, August 22.
Police were also called to her home in Studley Road, Hartlepool, and two men, aged 60 and 35, were arrested in connection with her injuries and bailed pending further inquiries.
Police are now seeking two walkers who they believe helped Mrs Pounder home at around 1.30pm on Saturday, August 20.
Detective Inspector John Chapman, of Hartlepool CID, said: “I would like to speak to this couple as they may hold information which could assist our inquiry.”
The house was taped off by police as investigators went into the end-terraced home after Mrs Pounder was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
Her condition is said to have improved slightly, but she is still classed as critical but stable.
Neighbours told the Mail of their shock after seeing police outside the house, saying they live in a quiet street and the family were “no bother”.
It is thought Jean lived in the house with her husband Dave. They are parents to Andrew and Jonathan, and are said to have recently become grandparents.
The man police want to speak to is described as white, in his mid-40s, 6ft-tall, with short dark hair and was wearing a burgundy fleece, beige shorts, walking shoes and was possibly carrying a rucksack.
The woman is described as white, in her 40s, medium build with dark, curly hair. She was wearing a bottle-green fleece, a yellow t-shirt, beige shorts and dark walking shoes.
Anyone with information should contact Hartlepool Police on (01642) 302110 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.