Derby

Jia murder detectives arrest man in Amber Valley area

Jia Ashton
Image caption Jia Ashton was last seen leaving work at Thorntons

Police investigating the death of Thorntons worker Jia Ashton have arrested a man in Derbyshire on suspicion of murder.

He was arrested on Thursday afternoon at a flat in the Amber Valley area.

The 22-year-old was taken into custody and was being questioned by detectives, police said.

Mrs Ashton, a 25-year-old economics graduate, was found dead in Sleetmoor Woods on 13 March, three days after she went missing.

She had suffered head injuries.

Detectives said she had been assaulted, but apparently not sexually, and there was no evidence a weapon had been used.

They have issued numerous appeals and CCTV footage in the search for the killer and an anonymous benefactor has offered £20,000 for information leading to a conviction.

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