Murder investigation after woman found dead

Police have launched a murder investigation after a 59-year-old woman was found dead at a farm in East Yorkshire.

Sunday, 17th July 2016, 2:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:10 pm
Murder inquiry: Fiona Southwell was found dead in Seaton

The body of Fiona Southwell was discovered at Grange Farm, Goxhill Lane, in Seaton.

Police were called shortly before 7pm on Friday 15 July after the woman was discovered at the farm.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody being questioned by detectives.

There are cordons at the farm and a further address in Hornsea as part of the investigation.

Specialist officers have been deployed to support Fiona Southwell's family.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Cockerill who is leading the investigation said: “Fiona Southwell’s death is being treated as suspicious and a team of detectives from the Major Incident Team and other departments are carrying out a large number of enquiries to establish how she died and identify the those responsible.

“We are supporting the victims’ family and keeping them informed about developments in the case.

“There has been an arrest in connection with the murder, however we still need the public’s help in piecing together the circumstance of Fiona’s death.

“I would specifically like to speak to anyone using the old railway track between Hull and Hornsea between 7am and 7pm on Friday 15 July who may have seen something suspicious or untoward.

“The track passes the farm and is well used by cyclists and walkers and would urge people using the track to call us think if they can help. Your information no matter how small could hold the key to establishing the circumstances of Fiona Southwell’s death.

“Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log 517 of 15/07/6 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”