Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Murder Probe after Woman Found Slain

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Murder Probe after Woman Found Slain

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Byline: DAVID HUNTLEY @davey_huntley

A MURDER hunt is continuing today after a woman was slain in her Middlesbrough home.

Jessica Patel was killed in her semi-detached Victorian style home in The Avenue, Linthorpe.

Cleveland Police detectives have now launched an investigation into the killing of the 34-year-old on Monday night.

Mrs Patel was a pharmacy worker who worked with her husband Mitesh Patel at Roman Road Pharmacy near to their home.

Neighbours described her as a "lovely lady" and said there are in shock at the news of her death.

Officers said Mrs Patel sustained "serious injuries" but further details or how she died are not yet known.

Mrs Patel was pronounced dead at the scene, inside her home.

A post mortem examination has been carried out but details have not yet been released over fears it could jeopardise the investigation.

Horizontal blinds to the windows were all closed on Tuesday morning. Neighbours said the pair moved into the property about a year ago.

A huge cordon was put in place in the leafy suburb as the incident unfolded from around 8.20pm on Monday.

In total, three ambulances and a paramedic car went to the address, along with seven police vehicles.

Police tape sectioned off a large area of The Avenue, from its junctions with Eastbourne Road to The Crescent, and also taking in Lancaster Road.

The Avenue reopened on Tuesday morning but a cordon remained at the driveway of two semi-detached homes - one of which Mrs Patel's body was found in.

At one point three police officers stood guard, protecting the crime scene. One onlooker said the cordon was huge, and described seeing a woman and two men in the street huddled together in a distressed state.

The unnamed man said: "There was a woman and two men standing in the street within the cordon crying. I could hear them, it was awful." Neighbours told how they were alerted to something happening by the blue flashing lights of police cars and ambulances outside of their homes.

One 39-year-old resident said he saw Jessica's body being removed from the house around midnight. …

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