Body Found In Car Park

Police have discovered a body in the car park of Sainsbury's in Chippenham.

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Chippenham fire victim was "a happy and joyful Mum and Nan"

The body of Karen Archard was found by firefighters at Sainsbury's car park in Bath Road in Chippenham Credit: ITV West

The family of a 53 year old woman who died in a fire in Chippenham have paid tribute to her.

Karen Archard, who was 53 and from the town, was found by firefighters in Sainsbury's car park on 7th August. Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

Karen Archard was "loving, caring and thoughtful" Credit: Wiltshire Police

Her family have issued this statement:

“Karen was a loving, caring and thoughtful Mum and Nan, who will be greatly missed. She had suffered most of her life, battling against mental illness, which can be severely misunderstood. She was a happy and joyful Mum and Nan who will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

We would like to thank all the people who came forward and helped the police with their enquiries and the police for handling this matter discreetly and delicately.

We would like to be left to grieve in peace and we hope that people will respect these wishes.”

Police identify Chippenham body.

A 53 year-old woman who was found dead in a supermarket car park has been named.

Karen Archard's body was discovered by police investigating a fire in Sainsburys car park in Chippenham on Tuesdaty morning. Her next of kin have been informed.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police say they still want to hear from people who may have been close to the scene in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

In particular they would like to speak to a man who who passed through the car park with a pedal cycle at 01:54 am. They say he may have information that might assist police in putting together Karen's last movements.

We would like to thank all of the people who have come forward and to the community of Chippenham who have been supportive of this investigation. We are still seeking information from anyone who can help us put together Karen's last movements and we would ask you to get in touch with us if you think you can help. If you have information that may assist police please call 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Matt Davey, Wiltshire Police

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Latest statement from Wiltshire Police

We can now confirm that this was the body of a white woman, who at the time of her death was aged at least 40. We think we know who the woman is and are currently in the process of tracing her next of kin.

We...are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances leading to this woman’s death.

We have already received information from a couple who walked through Sainsbury’s car park at approximately 02:11 am and the driver of a car that drove through the car park at 02:27 am that morning.

– Detective Inspector Matt Davey, Wiltshire Police

The Police are still appealing for anyone who was in the Sainsbury’s Car Park between 1.30am and 3am that morning. Earlier, they released two CCTV images of people they would like to speak to.

Today we are releasing two CCTV images. The first is an image of a man who walked through the car park with a pedal cycle at 01:54 am. We would appeal to that man or persons that may be able to assist with his identity to get in touch with us.

The second image is that of a car. We are appealing to the driver or occupants of a small dark coloured hatchback car seen driving through the car park in the direction of McDonalds at 02:48 am that morning.

We believe that this man and the occupants of that vehicle may have relevant information that would assist our enquiries.

– Detective Inspector Matt Davey, Wiltshire Police

Police release CCTV images of car park before fire

Police have identified the burnt body of a forty-year-old woman found in a car park in Chippenham. They are currently trying to trace the woman's next of kin.

CCTV images have been released and the Police want to speak to a man on a bike and the driver of a car present at the car park yesterday.

Police want to speak to the driver of this vehicle Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to this man with the bike on the left hand corner Credit: Wiltshire Police

Latest: Police confirm burnt body is of a woman

Police have confirmed that the body found in a Sainsbury’s car park, in Chippenham yesterday, is of a woman in her 40’s.

At approximately 3am, a dog handler on a routine patrol discovered a fire in part of the Sainsbury’s car park in Bath Road. Once the fire was put out, a body was discovered.

A post-mortem examination took place yesterday at Flax Bourton Mortuary and revealed that the body was of a woman in her 40’s.

The cordons have been removed and the store is now open.

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Investigation into body found in fire

Police say it's too early to tell if the death is suspicious. Credit: ITV West

Police are continuing to investigate the discovery of a body in a supermarket car park in Chippenham.

Emergency crews were called to a fire at Sainsbury's in Bath Road early yesterday morning. Human remains were found in the debris. The store re-opened at 7 last night.

Police appeal for witnesses after body found in supermarket car park

Wiltshire Police is appealing for witnesses in relation to a body found in a supermarket car park in Chippenham.

The fire service were called to Sainsbury's on Bath Road at around 3am this morning. Human remains were later discovered in the debris and the area cordoned off.

Police say it's too early to determine if the discovery is suspicious.

The car park remains cordoned off and the store remains shut.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in and around the area of the Sainsbury’s car park between the hours of 1:30am and 3:00am.

The car park is quite active late at night, as people drive through here to use the cash point or walk through as a short cut.

In particular, we would like to hear from you if you were driving through the car park or if you were the young couple who were spotted walking through the car park holding hands.

You may hold information that would assist us in our enquiries, so I would urge you to speak to us.”

– Mark Power, Detective Chief Inspector, Wiltshire Police

If you have information that may assist police please call 101, or if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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