Murder probe launched

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A murder investigation is underway in Blackpool after a woman’s body was found in Grange Park.

Karen Marshall, 34, was found at her home on Fulwood Avenue by a relative and a neighbour around 3.40pm on Tuesday, July 30.

Initially her death was not deemed to be suspicious and a post mortem examination into the cause of her death proved inconclusive.

However, police are now treating her death as murder and further inquires are underway to try and establish how she died.

Det Supt Paul Withers, from the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “Karen lived alone and was a vulnerable lady. At some point either before or after her death her post office card was stolen and has since been used at ATM machines on Dickson Road and Westcliffe Drive.

“We’re very keen to identify any witnesses that may have any knowledge of this card being used or who perhaps saw anybody frequenting the address over the past week to get in touch.”

An 18-year-old man, a 15-year-old girl and 14-year-old girl, all from Blackpool, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday.

Both girls have since been released no further action but the man remains in police custody being questioned by detectives.

If anyone has any information that could assist police with their investigation they are urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more on this story see Monday’s Gazette