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Police appeal for information about death of Worcester woman

Police investigating the death of a woman in Worcester are appealing for information to help them establish how she died.

Emergency services were called to a bungalow on Carnforth Drive, Worcester, shortly before 6.50pm on Wednesday (27 December) where they found the body of 51-year-old Julie Fox.

A post mortem established that Julie, who lived in the bungalow, died from an injury to her head.

Detective Superintendent Adrian McGee said: "We are conducting an investigation to establish how Julie died; we are treating it as murder.

"We are trying to build up a more detailed picture of Julie. We know she was a solitary person however she was well known in Worcester. She had restricted mobility and would regularly travel around the town in her electric mobility scooter, often with her little dog in the basket on the front.

"She used to go into coffee shops in the town and would often visit the Crowngate Shopping Centre.

"When not in Worcester town centre she would go shopping in supermarkets close to her home.

"If you knew Julie or saw her in the last couple of weeks then we would like to speak to you. Any information will help us to get a better picture of her and help to establish how she died."

Julie was last seen by her carer between 6pm and 7pm on Friday 22 December. Det Supt McGee added: "At some point between this time on Friday 22 December and when she was discovered on the evening of Wednesday 27 December, Julie suffered a fatal head injury and died.

"I'm appealing to people in the local area to think back over the last few days. Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area? Did you hear anything out of the ordinary? Did you see anyone going into or coming out of Julie's bungalow?

"Maybe you were visiting family in the area over Christmas and saw something that didn't look right. If so, we're extremely keen to speak to you."

Det Supt McGee confirmed that the gas rings in the bungalow were on when Julie's body was discovered. He added: "The smell of gas is what originally alerted a neighbour to the situation.

"There were no signs of a break-in at the bungalow but we do know that on occasions Julie would leave her front door unlocked.

"We understand how concerning this incident is for the local community and I would like to reassure people that there will be increased patrols in the area while this investigation continues. If you have any concerns please don't hesitate to speak to one of these officers."

Anyone with information can call 101 and quote incident 597s of 27 December 2017. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Note to media:
Det Supt Adrian McGee is available for interview upon request. To arrange an interview please call the News Hub on 01789 444737. Outside of office hours please call the force duty inspector on 101.

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer

Published 29/12/17