NEARLY eight years after spinster Dorothy Wood was murdered, the identity of her killer remains a mystery.
Yesterday, former Fartown man Mark Dallagher, 31, was formally found not guilty of her murder at the Old Bailey.
He had been jailed for the killing in 1998, but appealed in 2002 and his conviction was quashed.
A new investigation found that an earprint on a window which linked him to the killing, could not be proved to be his.
Police have now closed the murder case, leaving Miss Wood's friends and family still waiting for justice.
Miss Wood, 94, was smothered with a pillow while in bed at her home in Whitby Avenue, Fartown.
She had last been seen alive by a care assistant at 7.30pm the night before.
Her body was found at 8.20am on May 7, 1996, by friends who visited each day.
There were signs of burglary, but just £10 had been taken from Miss Wood's home, where she had lived for 60 years.
Frail Miss Wood, who was just 5ft tall, had been a victim of two previous sneak-in burglaries - in 1993 and 1996.
She had a burglar alarm, but her profound deafness meant she kept accidentally triggering it. So she turned it off.
Miss Wood also had a heart condition, but despite her problems she remained fiercely independent and was described as a lovely, harmless, gracious old lady.
In old age, she relied on help from her friends, but earlier in life she spent her time caring for others.
Miss Wood trained as a nurse and midwife at Halifax General Hospital and was a Queen's District Nurse in Halifax for four years.
She then worked in Marsden and Slaithwaite as a school nurse and health visitor, until her retirement in 1956. She knew most of the 3,000 children she cared for by name, even remembering some of their birthdays.
Miss Wood was deeply religious and regularly attended Christ Church Woodhouse.
Many of the congregation at Christ Church joined Miss Wood's closest relatives - niece Margaret Raynes and half-cousins Ada Rushforth and Emma Knowles - at her funeral.
In 1996, a bench and plaque were erected on Whitby Avenue in memory of Miss Wood.
The plaque describes her as a "kind neighbour, good friend and communitarian".