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Murder inquiry launched after body of elderly woman found at home

Police say they are still in the process of trying to contact the woman’s next of kin. Credit: ITV News

A murder inquiry has been launched after the body of an elderly woman was discovered at a bungalow in Leicestershire.

On Sunday 24 September the body of a woman believed to be in her 70s, was found in Elizabeth Road in Fleckney, near Market Harborough.

A post mortem examination carried out on the woman’s body proved inconclusive and a forensic search of the property is underway.

Further medical test results are expected but the circumstances of the scene have led police to treat her death, at this stage, as a murder inquiry.

Police say they are still in the process of trying to contact the woman’s next of kin and until then are unable to name her publicly.

Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, who is leading the investigating, said the woman is believed to have died at some point during Saturday evening or in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Statement from Leicestershire Police:

At this stage the woman’s death is unexplained; but there are signs of a disturbance in her bungalow which may be linked to her death.

Elizabeth Road is a quiet cul-de-sac and house to house enquiries are being conducted with the woman’s neighbours to see if they saw or heard anything.

I need to hear from anyone who may have been in or near Elizabeth Road on Saturday night or Sunday morning and who may have seen or heard something they thought was suspicious and out of character.

It may have been a stranger they didn’t recognise or someone they knew but who appeared to be acting strangely; it may have been a car that is not normally parked in the area, or a vehicle seen leaving the area at speed.

Elizabeth Road is located near to an industrial estate on Saddington Road and we know that lorry drivers visiting the estate often park up overnight. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have parked up in this particular area and saw anything suspicious.

It’s also likely that the person who committed this offence may well be highly agitated and behaving out of character.

Do you know someone who might have come home overnight on Saturday / Sunday acting unusually or extremely anxious for no apparent known reason?

If you have suspicions they may be linked to this incident, please contact us.

– Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson