East Ashling death: Victim named as Debbie Levey

Debbie Levey
Image caption Debbie Levey's family described her as a caring and compassionate person

A woman found dead at a house near Chichester in West Sussex has been named by police.

The body of Debbie Levey, 44, was found at Cherry Tree Cottage on the B2178 in East Ashling, by a colleague who came to take her to work on Monday.

Police said a post-mortem examination had not found any obvious cause of death and further tests would be held.

A 45-year-old Selsey man, who was known to Ms Levey, was arrested on Monday evening and bailed until 21 February.

Sussex Police have appealed for information from anyone who saw her or was in contact with her.

Anyone who saw a blue Vauxhall Vectra parked in a small lay-by across the road from Cherry Tree Cottage on Sunday, is also urged to come forward.

'Passion and warmth'

In a statement, her family said her death had left them devastated.

John Etherton, her father, said: "Debbie was a most caring and compassionate person, who worked in a series of caring professions.

"We all loved her deeply. She will be very much missed by her family, and also by colleagues and her friends and neighbours."

Ms Levey was employed at the Leaholme care home in Chichester, which is run and managed by Places for People.

A Places for People spokesman said: "We are all deeply saddened by the death of Debbie, and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time.

"As the manager of one of our care schemes she displayed so much passion and warmth when caring for others."

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