Mar­ket­ing boss beaten to death days af­ter move to vil­lage home

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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

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