Po­lice launch mur­der in­quiry

Woman found dead at home

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A MUR­DER in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched af­ter a pen­sioner was found dead at a house in Che­sham.

Po­lice officers were called to an address in Stoney Grove at 11.27am on Thurs­day Septem­ber 29 where they found the body of 68-year-old Linda Hard­ing.

A post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion into the death has since proved in­con­clu­sive and a 41-yearold man from the same town who was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der has been bailed un­til March 1 next year.

Neigh­bours have spo­ken of their shock af­ter a the pen­sioner’s body was found.

Ms Hard­ing was said to have been a re­tired teacher with at least one son.

Long-time friend Su­san Cook has de­scribed her shock at the news and paid tribute to her, say­ing Ms Hard­ing was a ‘nice lady’.

Ms Cook said she had known Ms Hard­ing for more than 10 years.

She said: “I knew Linda Hard­ing. She was a nice lady.

“That was a shock – it’s so peace­ful here.

“I got on with her, she was nice.

“I’ve been here since 2005 and she must have been her five or so years be­fore then, maybe longer I don’t know.”

She added: “She used to go down to the town in taxis and do a bit of shop­ping and visit her fella.

“I was so shocked. I think ev­ery­one round here is shocked be­cause it’s such a quiet place.

“You don’t think it’s go­ing to hap­pen on your own doorstep do you.”

Edit Mo­rai, a neigh­bour of Ms Hard­ing said: “This is a very nice area, quiet and nice.

“Some­thing has never hap­pened like that.”

Fur­ther re­ports into Ms Hard­ings death have been re­quested which may take sev­eral months to com­plete.

Se­nior In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, Det Insp Dave Hub­bard said: “I would like to con­tinue to re­as­sure the lo­cal com­mu­nity that this is an iso­lated in­ci­dent and that we are con­duct­ing a metic­u­lous in­ves­ti­ga­tion to es­tab­lish the cause of death.

“Our thoughts are with the fam­ily of Linda Hard­ing at this ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time for them.

“Lo­cal res­i­dents might see an in­creased po­lice pres­ence in the area while we con­duct our en­quiries and a scene-watch re­mains in place in Stoney Grove.

Scene: Po­lice at the home of Linda Hard­ing who was found dead on Septem­ber 29

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