Woman lay dead ‘for months’

Woman lay dead ‘for months’

Police stressed they had ruled out crime after a local lady lay dead in her home in a quiet village.

She may have been there for months, but Wiltshire Police yesterday said: ”We are not treating this as suspicious.”

‘Recluse’ 68-year-old Maureen Womersley was rarely seen at Whaddon, near Salisbury, where she lived for more than 30 years.

She was only spotted when she was occasionally waiting for a bus.

Police officers found her in bed when they broke into her house, but she was so badly decomposed it was impossible to discover how she died, or to formally identify her.

Near neighbour former Hampshire Policeman Geoff Bower stressed: ”You only ever saw her when she stood at the bus stop. She was a pleasant lady and would say hello.”

Villager Jo Little said: ”She was a recluse. You never saw her. She was only ever seen at the bus stop.”

The police found her dead in bed on March 22 after neighbours raised the alarm.

An inquest has been opened in Salisbury, and cause of death was given as ‘unascertained’ and no identification could take place.

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

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