Murder probe after elderly woman found dead in Bewdley
A murder inquiry is under way after the body of an elderly woman was found at a cottage in Worcestershire.
The woman was found dead on Wednesday morning in an isolated cottage on the outskirts of Bewdley.
West Mercia Police said the alarm was raised shortly after 09:00 GMT by a friend of the woman.
The victim has not yet been formally identified and a post-mortem is expected to take place later.
Officers have cordoned off the area around the cottage, which was on a track between Dowles Road and the River Severn, about two miles from Bewdley.
Det Ch Insp Tony Love said: "An elderly woman has lost her life in the most tragic circumstances and it is vital that anyone who has information that could help our inquiries comes forward immediately.
"The cottage is in an isolated spot which is understood to be popular with anglers, dog walkers, ramblers and off-road cyclists.
"We urgently need to speak to anyone who was in that area between lunchtime on Monday (2 January) and around 9am yesterday and may have noticed anything suspicious including any vehicles that might have been there in unusual circumstances.
"The slightest detail could be important to our investigation so if you know anything at all then please get in touch."