Police probe woman's unexplained death

Police are treating the death of a woman whose body was found yesterday in woodland in West Norfolk as unexplained, the detective leading the investigation said today.

Police are treating the death of a woman whose body was found yesterday in woodland in West Norfolk as unexplained, the detective leading the investigation said today.

The woman was found in woodland close to the A10 at Watlington, between King's Lynn and Downham Market by a passer-by.

Police have sealed off the scene, a small copse off Barnard's Lane, which leads from the centre of the village to Home Farm. Forensic experts were this morning carrying out a minute inspection of the body and the area around it.

Det Chief Insp Neil Firm said: “We've found the fully-clothed body of a female and there's a full investigation taking place which includes a very full forensic investigation which will continue.

“At the moment we are treating the death as unexplained. There have been some developments overnight, we've found some personal affects.”

“Enquiries are being made to establish the identity of the woman, whose age is not yet known.

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“A forensic examination of the scene will take place before the body is removed and a Home Office post-mortem carried out. This is likely to be some time later today.”

Police later said they were not linking the discovery of the body with the deaths of five prostitutes who were found dead in Suffolk last year.

This lunchtime a tent had been erected to protect the body from the elements as white-suited forensic officers went about their work.