Mystery over death of woman in village home

Police and forensics examiners at a house in Elizabeth Crescent, West Pinchbeck, where a 47-year-old woman was found dead on Sunday.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Police and forensics examiners at a house in Elizabeth Crescent, West Pinchbeck, where a 47-year-old woman was found dead on Sunday. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Mystery surrounds the “unexplained death” of a 47-year-old woman found with head injuries at a house in West Pinchbeck over the weekend.

Police are waiting for forensic tests and the results of a post-mortem carried out on the body of the woman who was found dead inside a house in Elizabeth Crescent at about 4.20pm on Sunday.

Police guard a house where a 47-year-old woman was found dead with head injuries in Elizabeth Crescent, West Pinchbeck, on Sunday.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Police guard a house where a 47-year-old woman was found dead with head injuries in Elizabeth Crescent, West Pinchbeck, on Sunday. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene and detectives have been conducting house-to-house enquiries to find out more about the woman and her partner, both said to be English, who neighbours claimed had only moved into the house about six months ago.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “At about 2.45pm on Sunday, two LIVES First Responders turned up.

“Then an ambulance parked in the middle of the road and another ambulance pulled onto our driveway.

“But we only got the gist of what was happening when we had a police car here, followed by a second one and then both CID and forensics officers.

“I didn’t know the woman but I knew the man she was living with because we met about 14 or 15 years ago.

“They were an English couple but their surnames were different.

Another neighbour, who also asked not to be named, added: “There’s a man who lives a few doors down from me who has heart trouble and so I thought the paramedics had come to see him.

“But then there were police cars here at about 4pm on Sunday and scenes of crime officers were here all night.

“Everybody was questioned by the police and CID detectives, then they put tape round the house and a copper on 24-hour guard.

“I’ve lived here for about three years and I’ve never seen that much police activity, even though I’ve lived in towns most of my life.”

Vicar of Pinchbeck, Rev David Sweeting, said: “Thankfully, these types of incidents occur so rarely in a sleepy, little village like West Pinchbeck.”

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman confirmed that the woman’s name may be released later today but forensic tests that are currently taking place will “take some weeks to complete”.

“A post-mortem examination has taken place but the nature of some of the forensic tests involved with post-mortems means that it can be many weeks before the results are returned,” the spokesman said. “These further forensic tests are ongoing and will take some weeks but enquiries remain ongoing and the death continues to be treated as unexplained in the meantime.”

A police guard initially put in place outside the house, not far from the former Primitive Methodist Church, was lifted on Tuesday while enquiries are led by detectives based at Boston Police Station.

Anyone with information about the woman or the circumstances of her death should call 101, quoting incident 244 of April 26.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.