Fatal fire victim was middle aged woman

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A body found badly burned after a house fire in Great Linford is thought to belong to a middle-aged woman.

Thames Valley Police officers are still at the scene of the fire in St Leger Court after the blaze destroyed the terraced house on Sunday evening.

A post-mortem examination was carried out by a Home Office pathologist last night but the results were inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out before the woman can be formally identified.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector, Gill Wootton, said: “The lady who tragically died in this fire was middle-aged.

“While she has not been formally identified, we believe we know who she is and have located her next of kin. They are being kept updated on the progress of our ongoing investigation.

“Enquiries will continue at the property throughout today as we work towards establishing the cause of the fire and a scene guard remains in place.”

Local Policing Area Commander Superintendent, Barry Halliday, added: “As the investigation continues I would like to reassure the community that we will continue to maintain a visible presence in the area.

“Anyone with concerns or questions can raise these with local neighbourhood policing officers, who will be carrying out extra patrols of the area.”

A 58-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder is still in police custody.

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