Sunday 17 November 2019

Murder investigation after body of woman with learning difficulties found at house

Police are investigating
Police are investigating

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a woman with learning difficulties was found at a house during a missing person search.

West Midlands Police said detectives looking for Susan Whiting, last seen alive on Monday, made the discovery in Heather Close, Walsall, yesterday.

The body has yet to be formally identified, but the death is being treated as suspicious.

A 34-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the find. A post-mortem is now due to take place to establish the cause of death.

Forensics teams are still at the house while officers carry out door-to-door inquiries in the area.

Speaking after launching the missing person's appeal yesterday, Detective Sergeant Paul Reeves said 20-year-old Ms Whiting had never been missing before.

Ms Whiting's family raised the alarm when she failed to meet her mother to get a pre-arranged lift home.

Meanwhile, the death has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which the force said was routine when a missing person is found dead.

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