Murder investigation of death of 82-year-old woman

Murder investigation of death of 82-year-old woman
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Police in Limburg have opened an investigation into the death of an 82-year-old woman in Hamont in Limburg province.

The body of the woman, who has yet to be named, was found by a family member in her home in Hamont-Achel, a merged commune on the very border with the Netherlands just south of Eindhoven. The discovery was made on Saturday at around 17.00.

Emergency services and an emergency doctor were in attendance, but the woman could not be revived.

A search was made of the premises, giving rise to the suspicion the woman had not died a natural death. This morning (Sunday) the prosecutor’s office in Limburg said it was treating the case as a suspicious death. An investigating magistrate has been appointed, and the medical examiner and a team of forensic experts brought in.

Officially, the investigation will not for the time being be the subject of comments from the authorities – normal practice in such cases where the guilty party or parties are still at large.

Neighbours, according to De Standaard, reacted with shock. According to them, the woman, a widow, moved into the house only six years ago, and lived alone.

"Suddenly the ambulance, emergency doctor and police were at the door," neighbour Kelly Follon told the paper.

The investigation continues.

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