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Police renew appeals for information on woman's death

Police investigating the death of a woman found in a lake close to the University of East Anglia in Norwich say they've had little response to appeals for information.

Norfolk Police have received just 10 calls from the public and several enquiries from other police forces across the country concerning missing people, which have all been ruled out as lines of enquiry.

The woman, whose body was discovered on Thursday morning floating face-down in the water at the UEA, is described as white, 5ft 7, of slim build and aged in her late 30s or early 40s.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

We’ve had a limited response from the public and I would continue to urge anyone who believes they may have information concerning the identity of the woman to come forward.

We know this area of the campus is used regularly by members of the public including dog walkers and I would encourage anyone who has seen anything out of the ordinary in this area within the last week or so to come forward.”

– Detective Sergeant Dave Freeman, Norwich CID


Police close part of lake in death inquiry

Police at scene of body find on Thursday Credit: Norfolk Police

Police investigating the discovery of a woman’s body at the University of East Anglia UEA Broad in Norwich closed a small part of the lake this afternoon following the discovery of a shoe.

A fisherman found the shoe last night near to a jetty, and close to where the body was found.

A police search of the immediate area will now take place to establish if any other relevant objects to the case can be found.

The shoe will also be forensically examined to see if it belongs to the woman.

The death continues to be treated as unexplained. An initial post mortem examination proved inconclusive with further toxicology tests being carried out to help establish the cause of death

Police release new details on lake death investigation

Police at the scene Credit: Norfolk Police

Detectives have released more details about the woman found dead in a lake at the University of East Anglia in a bid to identify her.

Norfolk Police have revealed that the woman was aged between 30 and 40, had short brown hair, which showed signs of being dyed auburn or red.

The woman is 5ft 7 and of slim build. The woman’s body, which was clothed in what police described as "day wear", was found floating face down in the water by an angler at the UEA Broad at about 8.40am yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Dennis Lacey said: "I would ask anyone who is concerned about a friend or relative who may not have been seen or heard from recently who matches this description to get in touch with police."

A Home Office post mortem carried out at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital proved inconclusive and toxicology tests will now be carried out to help establish the cause of death.

Enquiries continue to establish the circumstances surrounding the discovery, including the examination of local CCTV cameras, including footage from a camera positioned near to the lake.

Anyone with information should contact Norwich CID on 101.

Post mortem on woman's body 'inconclusive'

Police seal off the area where the body was found Credit: PA

A post mortem examination has been carried out on the body of a woman pulled from a lake at the University of East Anglia.

The post-mortem proved to be inconclusive. The autopsy at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was unable to establish the woman's age

Members of the public who witnessed the discovery said they believed she was "young".

Because of the state the body was found in. It is unclear how long she had been in the water.

Police were called to the lake at the UEA in Norwich yesterday morning the body was spotted floating face down in the water.

The woman does not appear to have been a student, visitor or member of staff and police are not linking it to any missing people cases in Norfolk, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire.

Detective Chief Inspector Dennis Lacey, from Norfolk CID, said:

"We now await the results of further tests to fully established the woman's cause of death and, in the meantime, will be stepping up our inquiries to identify her."

Searches, including using a helicopter, have been carried out in an attempt to work out where the woman entered the water and to find any trace of her belongings to help identify her.

A police cordon remains in place around the lake.


Post mortem on woman's body to take place

Police cordon close to UEA Board Credit: Lauren Hall

Norfolk Police have said a post mortem examination is to take place this evening on the body of a woman found in a university lake.

Police were called to the University of East Anglia, in Norwich this morning. A local angler spotted a body floating face-down in the water.

Officers were immediately dispatched to the scene along with colleagues from the fire service and ambulance and the body of a woman was recovered from the water shortly before 9.30am this morning Thursday 1 August 2013.

Investigations are continuing to determine the identity of the deceased however officers can confirm she is not believed to be a missing person from Norfolk.

The woman was discovered as wearing what has been described by detectives as 'day wear'. No further description is available at this time.

University body: All staff and students accounted for

Police have confirmed the body found in a lake in the University of East Anglia was that of a young woman.

In a later statement, the UEA said:

As far as we are able to, we have accounted for staff, students and visitors on summer schools and conferences, and we have not been made aware of anybody reported missing.Swimming is strictly prohibited in the Broad. There are 18 warning signs positioned around it at regular intervals, along with 11 lifebelts which are checked every two weeks.The area around the UEA Broad is also patrolled regularly by estates and security staff."

Police confirm woman's body found in lake

Police at UEA Credit: Lauren Hall

A body found in a lake at the University of East Anglia was that of a woman.

Officers were called to the lake at the University of East Anglia at 8.40am today after an angler reported seeing the body.

Norfolk Police have not commented on whether the woman may have been swimming in the lake.

A police spokesman said: "Initial inquiries have been carried out with UEA and at this stage it is believed all students have been accounted for."

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