The family of a farmer run over and killed as he tried to stop thieves stealing his car spoke yesterday of their devastation.
Michael Boffey, known as Mick, suffered fatal head injuries on Saturday as he tried to stop a thief, who had an accomplice nearby, escaping in the Land Rover Defender from his Warwickshire farm.
Detectives said the driver should have the "decency and courage" to turn himself in while Mr Boffey's eldest son William said the family's grief was " beyond words".
William was joined by his mother, Bernice, sister Helen and two other adult siblings Micky and Jane, in an emotional appeal to help to catch Mr Boffey's killer.
They described the 61-year-old as a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
"Farming to him was a dream come true. He loved it, it was his life," said 40 year-old William, his voice trembling as he struggled to hold back tears.
"Every day was as exciting as the last for him. Now someone has intruded into his life and our lives and robbed us of the man we loved dearly.
"We just hope these people are caught. If anyone out there knows anything we implore them to come forward and help close this chapter in our lives."
Mr Boffey, who lived in Burton Hastings, near Nuneaton, had left the keys in the ignition of the green Land Rover Defender, which had a distinctive white roof, while he was in offices at Grange Farm in Featherbed Lane, Withybrook, near Rugby.
The grandfather-of-five was with employee Christine Russell when they heard the engine being started and ran outside to see the vehicle being driven off.
The Land Rover, registration BT 53 AJX, was abandoned in the car park of St John the Baptist Church in Wolvey, three miles away, about 30 minutes later.
Mystery surrounds how his dog, Jack, came to be in another vehicle after the car theft.
Jack had been in the Land Rover prior to the incident and Det Chief Insp Sarah Goodall said she could not rule out the possibility the thief had cooly removed the dog and placed it in the other vehicle before making his getaway.