Body of 'murdered woman' may have lain undiscovered for some time - 3 people arrested


THE body of a woman believed to have been murdered may have lain undiscovered for some time, police said.

Gloucestershire Police launched a murder investigation after the body was found at a flat in Chapel Street, Stroud, on Friday at around 4.15pm after a neighbour raised concerns.

On Saturday magistrates at Cheltenham granted a warrant of further detention for a local man who was arrested on suspicion of murder.

A man and woman from Stroud, also arrested on suspicion of murder, had 12-hour custody extensions granted by a superintendent.

The death was initially treated as unexplained, but the results of a post-mortem examination led to a murder investigation.

A force spokesman said: "The body is believed to have been undiscovered for some time and detectives are still waiting for confirmation of the identity of the victim."

Gloucestershire Police's Major Crime Investigation Team is keen to hear from anyone who has any relevant information which could assist them. Information can be provided to police online by completing the following form and quoting incident 310 of 4 November:

https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/us/a-crime-that-has-already-been-reported/

You can also call police on 101 or provide information anonymously by calling independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.