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Body of woman, 61, found in river with police saying death ‘unexplained’


Body of woman, 61, found in river with police saying death ‘unexplained’


he body of a 61-year-old woman has been discovered in a river in west London woodland – with police saying her death is currently “unexplained”.

The tragic discovery was made in Donkey Wood off Staines Road in Hounslow at roughly 11.30pm on Tuesday.

Officers were called to the scene where a 61-year-old from Feltham was recovered from the water and pronounced dead at the scene.

Although she has not been formally identified, police say they are confident they know who she is.

Her family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

The death is being treated as “unexpected and unexplained” and a crime scene remains in place, while a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

Detectives say the woman’s car was found near the scene, and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Thrower, of the West Area Command Unit, said: “Our inquiry is focused on discovering the circumstances of this woman’s death. We know we have a family who are grieving and we will do all we can to support them and answer their questions.

“We are working hard to narrow down the relevant times, but our enquiries suggest that the relevant dates are on Sunday, December 18 or Monday, December 19.

“This lady’s car, a silver Ford Fiesta, was later found parked in Roman Close, Feltham. This road is close to Donkey Wood, just off Staines Road near Baber Bridge. I am asking anyone who saw this car arrive or was in the area of Donkey Wood, particularly near the river Crane, to contact police.

“It does not matter if you don’t think you heard or saw anything relevant, you may still have vital information, so please do contact us. If you don’t want to speak to police you can contact Crimestoppers and they will never ask for your name, but however you choose to make contact please do, we need your help.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @metcc. Please quote CAD 2602/20DEC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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