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Tribute to the late Valentina Cozma

Written by on 13 February 2023

SUCH SAD NEWS ….. 💔💔💔 … The family of a mother killed at her home in Stoke-on-Trent last week have paid tribute to ‘a supportive caring woman who always tried to keep the family together.’ Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and those who loved her. Rest in Peace Valentina ….
Valentina Cozma, aged 40, tragically died following a fire at her home on Campbell Road, Stoke at around 3pm last Thursday. A post mortem provided a provisional cause of death, as inhalation of products of combustion . Her ex-husband, Georgian Constantin, aged 42, from Stoke-on-Trent is wanted in connection with her murder.
In an emotional tribute, Valentina’s sister said: “Vali was the person I could talk to about anything. She offered me support whenever I needed it. She always tried to keep the family together. Being an older sister, she made sure we didn’t lack anything, even if she didn’t have a thing. She went through a lot of hard times, yet she never gave up. I am appealing for help from anyone who has details that could help in solving this case”

Detectives are searching for Constantin, we believe he has travelled to London and also has links to Southampton. We have teams in those areas carrying out enquiries and are working with other police forces and British Transport Police.

Stoke Commander, Chief Superintendent Colin Mattinson, said “My thoughts are with Valentina’s loved ones, and in particular her young son at this deeply traumatic time.

“I know the local community are in shock that someone within their community has died in such awful circumstances. We know she was a quiet woman who was well liked among her neighbours having lived in the area for some years.

“We take a firm stance against violence against women and domestic abuse. We are working around the clock to trace Constantin. But we also need your help – so my plea is to anyone who has information, no matter how insignificant it may seem – to get in touch. You could hold information that is key to our investigation.

“I am also appealing to Constantin himself, or anyone who may be harbouring him to get in touch. Running away is not the answer. Anyone found to be assisting an offender will be dealt with robustly as this is a serious crime.

“A teenage boy has lost his mother, we need to secure justice for him, Valentina, and her wider family. Please share our appeal and contact us if you know anything at all.”

If you see Constantin, please do not approach him, but call us immediately on 999.

If you saw anything suspicious or have dashcam footage, please get in contact. Police have a dedicated section on the Major Incident Portal here: select Staffordshire Police, Operation Cuda.