Man arrested in Flamstead murder investigation
A 64-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in a village.
Christine Ford, 71, was pronounced dead at a property in High Street, Flamstead, Hertfordshire, on Saturday evening.
Hertfordshire Police officers made the discovery when they entered the house at about 21:00 BST.
Ms Ford, who had been reported missing by her family earlier in the day, had suffered multiple injuries.
Det Supt Joanne Walker said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are very much with Christine's family at this difficult time.
"They are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers and we are doing everything we can to determine the events that led up to her death."
A friend, Carole Morris, said: "She was a lovely, social person and loved walking around the village... She wouldn't have harmed a fly."
Villagers said Ms Ford had moved to the village about 10 years ago to be closer to her family and regularly tended the gardens of the church.
Vicar Tom Sander said: "She was a very keen gardener and a very nice person.
"She was a committed member of the church family and regularly looked after the roses in the churchyard."