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Death of woman no longer treated as suspicious
Thursday 18 July
We are no longer treating the death of Isabella Mitchell in Clacton as suspicious.
Isabella Mitchell, 45, was found dead at an address in Wellesley Road at around 3.10pm on Monday 15 July.
A post-mortem examination was held yesterday and established there were no signs that she had been assaulted or she had injuries that would have been inflicted by someone else.
It was not able to determine a cause of death, however, so further tests will be needed.
Due to that we are treating Isabella’s death as unexplained.
A 52 year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Following the discovery of Isabella’s death we carried out a thorough investigation into the circumstances around how she died.
“Our initial enquiries indicated there were grounds to believe her death may have been suspicious.
“A post-mortem examination was carried out which has now shown no-one else was involved in her death although further tests are needed to identify what the cause of death is.
“As a result we are now treating Isabella’s death as unexplained rather than suspicious.”
Detectives are appealing for information following the launch of a murder investigation in Clacton.
Tuesday 16 July - 5.20pm
We can name the victim as 45-year-old Isabella Mitchell from Clacton.
Isabella was sadly found dead at an address in Wellesley Road at 3.10pm on Monday 15 July.
A 52-year-old man from Clacton, who was arrested on suspicion of murder earlier today, remains in custody for questioning.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, said: “My heart goes out to Isabella’s loved ones at this incredibly challenging time.
“I want to hear from anyone who saw Isabella in the week between Monday 8 July and Monday 15 July, whether she was alone or in the company of others. You could hold vital information about Isabella’s death.
“If you live on Wellesley Road and have CCTV or have a car with dash cam footage and you haven’t spoken to me or my officers, I would urge you to call our Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting the incident number 717 of 15 July.
“You can also email any footage or information across to [email protected] or call Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
In the light of recent events in the district, Temporary Chief Inspector Darren Deex emphasised that we were not looking for anyone else in connection with these incidents.
He said: “I appreciate the incidents over the last few days will have caused concern amongst the community but Tendring is, and remains, a safe place to live and work.
“The two sad deaths over the last few days are not linked and are isolated incidents with no risk to the wider public.
“Both are being investigated by experienced, dedicated and highly skilled detectives who have worked quickly to make arrests.
“We work closely with our partners to keep people in Tendring safe such as Tendring District Council.
“Just last month we announced a partnership project with the council which will see officers work extra hours this summer to keep Clacton safe.
“Essex Police has invested in more visible policing over the last two years with more officers in our community and local policing teams.
“Next week we’ll see the launch of our Town Centre Teams emphasising our commitment to help victims and the vulnerable, tackle violence, and increase visibility.”
Tuesday 16 July - 1.30pm
A murder investigation has started following the death of a woman in Clacton.
We attended an address in Wellesley Road at around 3.10pm on Monday 15 July following concerns for a woman in her 40s inside.
When we got inside the property, sadly, we found the woman dead.
Following further enquiries, detectives believe her death is suspicious and a murder investigation has started.
A 52 year-old man from Clacton has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.
We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
We are appealing for anyone who lives or works in Wellesley Road and has CCTV to contact our Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting incident 717 of 15 July or email [email protected]
Alternatively you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.