Body may have been undiscovered for a few days, say police, as they are granted another 24 hours to question 49-year-old man in connection with Toftwood murder inquiry
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The body of a suspected murder victim may have lain undiscovered for a few days at a house in Toftwood, police have said.
A Home Office post mortem on the body of the 69-year-old who was found in the house at 78 Boyd Avenue on Sunday afternoon is expected to confirm the time of death and may be completed later today.
Police have also confirmed that the victim and the 49-year-old who has been arrested on suspicion of murder knew each other but were not related.
They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death at this stage but a major investigation is ongoing.
Police confirmed earlier that they have been granted a further 24 hours to question the man currently in custody.
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A seal also remains in place at the Toftwood bungalow.
T/Detective Chief Inspector Marie James, from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: 'We continue to investigate the full circumstances of this incident and are following several lines of enquiry.
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'We have increased patrols in the area to reassure the local community and are working closely with forensically trained officers to get a full picture of what happened that day.'
A police cordon is still in place beside a quiet country lane in Hardingham, near Dereham, in connection with the murder investigation.
A spokesman for Norfolk Police said the Church Road site scene was connected to a major inquiry into the suspected murder in Boyd Avenue.
The victim has not yet been identified.
Neighbours described him as a quiet man who kept himself to himself.
Local residents have been expressing their shock at the news.
One resident said: 'I've just read about it in the paper and it so awful.'
Another added: 'I can't believe it. It's so tragic.'
The Boyd Avenue estate was built in the 1960s and is a mix of bungalows and houses.
The area has been described by residents as a friendly and quiet neighbourhood with very little crime.
One resident said: 'It's ever so quiet here usually. You couldn't get a nicer place to live.'
Police have said the incident is not currently being linked to the death of another man, named locally as Stuart Yates, whose body was found in a flat in Boundary Close, Dereham, on Friday.
The death of Mr Yates is currently being treated as unexplained after a post mortem examination held on Saturday proved inconclusive.
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