Marketing boss beaten to death days after move to village home
AN OXFORD- educated businesswoman’s battered body has been found days after she moved into a pretty thatched cottage in a picturesque village.
Samantha Blake-Mizen, 47, suffered massive head injuries during the attack and was already dead when police arrived.
A 43-year-old man, believed to be her former boyfriend, was arrested on suspicion of murder before being released on bail yesterday afternoon. A police spokesman said: ‘I can’t go into details whether we are looking for anyone else but we are still investigating.’
The alarm had been raised on Sunday by a member of the public who is understood to have called round to see Miss Blake-Mizen at the rented cottage in Ludgershall, Buckinghamshire.
A ground-floor window was boarded up yesterday at the detached threebedroom property where her body was found, leading to speculation it had been smashed to gain entry.
A police cordon remained in place and a blue forensic tent has been set up within the substantial back garden.
A black Infiniti 4x4 parked outside the double garage is believed to belong to Miss Blake-Mizen’s former boyfriend. It was searched by officers yesterday.
Until last month the pair lived together in the affluent village of Postcombe, near Thame in Oxfordshire. It was said that they moved out suddenly about two weeks following an acrimonious break- up. The suspect was arrested at his home at another address in Thame.
Miss Blake-Mizen was educated at independent Westwing School in Thornbury, near Bristol, and went on to study marketing at Oxford, according to online profiles.
In March last year she began working as a senior business development manager for Red Flag Alert, which describes itself as the UK’s largest business-to-business database linking companies with other enterprises.
She had previously been a director at a number of firms.
A post-mortem examination performed by a Home Office pathologist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, revealed she died of subdural heamatoma, or a bleed within the skull, consistent with a serious head injury.
Residents in Ludgershall yesterday spoke of their shock at the killing in the village, which has a population of 400. Stewart Joy, 59, the landlord of the local Bull and Butcher pub, said: ‘It’s just a normal village – very quiet. It’s a really nice, pleasant place to be in.
‘There are rumours flying about but all we really know is that she was found dead on Sunday.’
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Ailsa Victim: Oxford-educated Samantha Blake-Mizen Kent said: ‘There will naturally be some concerns in the community but I would like to reassure people that a full investigation is taking place and that an arrest has been made. We continue to support the family of the victim at this very difficult time.’
A Thames Valley Police spokes- man added: ‘Officers were called at about 12.25pm on Sunday by the ambulance service following reports that the body of a 47-yearold woman had been found.
‘Officers arrived at the location where, sadly, the woman had been confirmed as dead. Her next- ofkin have been informed.’
Murder scene: A police investigating team at the rented cottage yesterday