Woman found dead in Wolverhampton had been assaulted, police confirm

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Local residents have been urged to be vigilant after the woman was found dead in the Penn area of the city.

Police officers at the scene of the discovery of a woman’s body in Penn, Wolverhampton. (PA Wire/Matthew Cooper)

A post-mortem examination has failed to establish the cause of death of an assault victim whose body was found at a house.

Detectives said items are thought to have been taken from the substantial detached property in Rookery Lane, Penn, Wolverhampton, where the 38-year-old woman was pronounced dead on Friday afternoon.

In a statement advising local residents to be vigilant regarding home security, West Midlands Police confirmed that a post-mortem examination had not revealed a precise cause of death, and further tests are now being conducted.

Wolverhampton murder inquiry
Forensic officers at a property in Penn, Wolverhampton, where a murder inquiry has been launched after a woman’s body was found. (Matthew Cooper/PA)

“We are keeping an open mind as to the motive for the attack.”

The officer added: “We have spoken to a number of people and we continue to trawl CCTV in the area.

“The house has been sealed off so that our forensic experts can search for evidence, and we continue to make steady progress.

“Our team of family liaison officers are with the woman’s family, who have been devastated by this traumatic event, and we will continue to support them as our investigation continues.

“I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious on Friday, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact my team on 101.”

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