Mystery over death of woman found in water

Body found in water at Orton  Mere on the River nene EMN-150206-143402009

Body found in water at Orton Mere on the River nene EMN-150206-143402009

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Mystery surrounds the death of a woman who was found in the water at a Peterborough beauty spot this week.

The grim discovery was made at Orton Mere on Tuesday morning, after being spotted by Environment Agency staff carrying out routine maintenance work on the sluice.

Body found in water at Orton  Mere on the River nene EMN-150206-143600009

Body found in water at Orton Mere on the River nene EMN-150206-143600009

Ambulance staff were called to the scene with police at 11.40am, but the woman’s death was confirmed a short time later.

Detectives are still unsure about what caused the woman’s death, or how long she had been in the water, describing the incident as ‘unexplained.’

Police now think they know the identity of the woman, but refused to give any details about her, and it is not known how old she was, or if she came from the Peterborough area.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “Officers believe they may have identified the woman, however formal identification has not yet taken place.

Body found in water at Orton  Mere on the River nene EMN-150206-143839009

Body found in water at Orton Mere on the River nene EMN-150206-143839009

“The next steps for us will be to try to make contact with her next of kin or family members.

“We are not in a position to provide any more detail at this stage.”

A large police cordon was put in place on Tuesday while the body was being recovered from the water.

A spokeswoman for the Nene Park Trust, which looks after the land where the body was found, said the area was opened up again late on Tuesday afternoon.

The spokeswoman added: “Our thoughts are with the woman’s family and also those people who discovered the body.”