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Bosham murder: cause of death revealed

A woman who was found dead in West Sussex died from "significant head and facial injuries" according to a post mortem examination. Valerie Graves, who was 55, had been house sitting in the property on Smugglers Lane in Bosham when she was killed.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

The post mortem has revealed the cause of death but we are still keeping an open mind as to the motive. We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or anything unusual in the area from late afternoon on Sunday 29 December to around 10am on Monday 30 December. Please call us if you know anything, no matter how insignificant you might think it is. It could be important to the investigation."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Fanner

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Police identify murder victim

Police say they believe the dead 55 year old woman who was found dead in a Sussex home yesterday is Valerie Graves from Bracklesham Bay.

She along with 3 members of her family was house sitting the property in Smugglers Lane, Bosham.

Formal identificaton and post mortem will take place tomorrow.The owners of the house have been informed as they are abroad.

Police increase patrols in Sussex village after body find

At this stage we are keeping an open mind as to the motive, but we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area from late afternoon on Sunday 29 December to around 9am on Monday 30 December. Please call us if you know anything, no matter how insignificant you might think it is. It could be important to the investigation. This is a rare incident for Bosham which is a safe area. We have increased our neighbourhood policing patrols in the village and if anyone has any information or concerns, I would urge them to speak to one of the officers there.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Fanner, Sussex Police

Murder investigation launched after woman's body found

The body of a 55-year-old woman was found in a house on Smuggler's Lane Credit: ITV News Meridian

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead in a house in West Sussex. The 55-year-old was discovered with a serious head injury on Smuggler's Lane in the Bosham area of Chichester yesterday morning.

A post mortem examination hasn't been carried out yet, but police are treating her death as suspicious.

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