A murder investigation has been launched after an elderly woman was found beaten to death in her home in Essex.
The 86-year-old’s body was discovered at the house where she lived alone in Ashmour Gardens, Romford, yesterday morning, by a handyman.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 11.30am, however the victim was pronounced dead shortly after their arrival.
The road was closed off as police worked at the scene and began their investigations – with the death initially treated as unexplained.
This afternoon, a spokesman for the Met Police confirmed a murder probe has been launched.
Detective Inspector Paul Considine, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: ‘This is a despicable incident in which the victim, an elderly lady who lived alone, had been subjected to a cowardly assault that left her with serious injuries.
‘She was discovered by a handyman working at the address.
‘We suspect the incident to have occurred between 7.30am and 11.30am on May 15.’
Although the victim’s next-of-kin have been informed, formal identification is yet to take place.
A postmortem examination is expected to be held tomorrow.
No arrests have been made at this time.
DI Considine added: ‘I want to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to call police immediately; did you hear anyone in distress or notice someone in the area who may have looked out of place?
‘Even a fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation. It is imperative that we find those responsible for this horrendous offence.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.