Suffolk police at Needham Market lake over drowning


Detectives investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman in a lake in Suffolk have spoken to 36 people in the area one week after she was found.

The body of Ruth Jacobs, from Ipswich, was discovered in the lake near Coddenham Road, Needham Market, on Sunday, 20 February.

A post-mortem examination showed she had drowned.

Police will review information received during their visit between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Officers asked a series of questions, with people also given the opportunity to talk in a police pod in the lake's car park.

People at lake

Det Ch Insp John Brocklebank said: "This investigation is still in its early stages so it's important that we capture as much information from the public as we can.

"We'll now review what we have been given, but we continue to ask those who think they can still help us to contact us."

A 58-year-old man, also from Ipswich, was later arrested on suspicion of murder 30 miles away at Wissett Lake near Halesworth.

He continues to be detained under the Mental Health Act and is no longer in police custody.

The police appeal is focusing on people who were at Needham Lake between 1600 GMT on Saturday 19 and 0800 GMT on Sunday, 20 February.

People at Wissett Lake in Halesworth between in the 24 hours from 1600 GMT on Saturday are also asked to contact police.

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