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Elderly woman 'had been murdered'

The death of an 85-year-old woman whose body was found at her home in west Hull is being treated as murder by police.

Joan Charlton's body was discovered at a property on West Parade at about 1500 BST on Thursday after a call from a member of the public.

Detectives said there were signs of a break-in and the property had been ransacked. The scene has been cordoned off and forensic inquiries are ongoing.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

Senior investigating officer Det Supt Dena Fleming said: "Inquires are ongoing to establish the movements of Joan Charlton prior to her death.

"It is not clear at this time how long Joan had been dead prior to her body being discovered.

"I am appealing for anyone who has seen Joan recently, and also anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of Joan's home address, to contact us as a matter of urgency."

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