Murder inquiry in Wisbech after Lithuanian woman found dead at home with assault injuries

PUBLISHED: 09:59 10 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:38 02 June 2010

POLICE have launched a murder inquiry in Wisbech after a Lithuanian woman was found dead at a home with injuries sustained in an assault. Police have also taken the unusual step of revealing her identity without a formal identification taking place in the

POLICE have launched a murder inquiry in Wisbech after a Lithuanian woman was found dead at a home with injuries sustained in an assault.

Police have also taken the unusual step of revealing her identity without a formal identification taking place in the hope the public can help with the investigation.

The woman, 38-year-old Jolanta Dumciuviene, was found dead at a home in Milner Road at 6pm on Friday, after police received a call from someone growing concerned about her whereabouts.

Officers entered the home and found Jolanta's body.

The home has been cordoned off all weekend and officers carried out searches along Milner Road as part of the investigations yesterday (Sunday).

A post mortem was carried out at Peterborough District Hospital by Home Office pathologist Ben Swift, which confirmed the woman was murdered - from injuries sustained in an assault.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police are taking the unusual step of issuing a name for the woman without benefit of a formal identification taking place in the hope the public and local community can help with inquiries.

"It is likely a formal identification will take several weeks and detectives are keen to get as much information as possible now."

Det Insp Martin Brunning said: "Although we can only be 100 per cent sure of who this woman is with formal identification being carried out, we have taken the step of releasing her name without that process being completed because we are eager to discover as much about her life and movements as quickly as possible to progress the investigation.

"It is vital that if anyone knew Jolanta or anyone has made contact with her or knows anything which may help our investigation they get in touch immediately and anonymously if they prefer."

Officers particularly want to speak to anyone who knew Jolanta's whereabouts between last Monday (May 3) and Friday (May 7).

Police have already spoken to Jolanta's family in Lithuania about her murder.

Det Insp Brunning said: "This has been an incredibly difficult time for Jolanta's family in Lithuania."

CONTACT: Det Insp Brunning on 0345 456 4564 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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