Wales

Family pay tribute to Rhyl murder victim, 89

Florence May Habesch
Image caption The family of murdered Florence May Habesch thanked people for their kindness and support

The family of an 89-year-old widow murdered at home have paid tribute to her, saying she will be missed dearly.

Florence May Habesch was found at her home in Rhyl, Denbighshire, on Tuesday. A post-mortem examination found she died from a "blunt force" head injury.

Police are continuing to question a 47-year-old man over the attack.

She was described by her family as a "private, respected lady who had many people that cared for her and who will miss her dearly".

"The family would like to thank everyone for the kindness and support offered to them during this difficult time and are appreciative that their privacy is being respected and would be grateful if this could continue," a close family member said.

"The family in particular would like to thank North Wales Police for their professionalism and compassion throughout these truly shocking circumstances."

An inquest into the death has been opened and adjourned to a later date.

A 47-year-old man was arrested in Wolverhampton and had a "known association" with Mrs Habesch, North Wales Police have said.

Police believe Mrs Habesch may have been killed on Sunday and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Their inquiries are continuing in the area.

Anyone who may have been in Grange Road, Rhyl, on Sunday and noticed anything suspicious is asked to call 101 (if in Wales), 0845 6071001 (Welsh language line), or 0845 6071002 (English).

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