Murder probe launched after woman's body is found

By Tim Clarke 15/04 Updated: 15/04 14:11

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A MURDER investigation has been launched after the body of a woman was discovered by police at her home in Dines Green.

Neighbours contacted West Mercia Police amid growing concerns for the welfare of Jacqueline Harrison who had not been seen for some days. Officers found the dead body of the 47-year-old at her home on Gresham Road on Thursday, April 12.

A post mortem took place on Friday and revealed Ms Harrison had sustained assault injuries.

Police now urgently want to get in touch with William Cummins, a 51 year old from Birmingham, who knew her.

Detective Inspector Gerry Smith, from the Operation Mallard incident room at Worcester police station, said: “We know he has recently been in the Kent and Dorset areas of the country and we want the public to help us trace this man. If you see Mr Cummins do not approach him but dial 999 as soon as possible. We have officers in the Weymouth area of Dorset making enquiries.

“We are also very interested to speak to anyone who saw Jacqueline in the last week of March or first week of April. If you knew Jacqueline or have any information which you think could help the police investigation then please come forward and speak to detectives at Worcester by dialling 101.”

William Cummins is described as a white man with brown eyes and short brown hair. He is 5ft 6 tall and smokes. He may be untidy in appearance and can be aggressive.

Mr Cummins has lived in the Sparkhill and Sparkbrook areas of Birmingham but has been visiting Kent and Weymouth in a bid to trace a family member.

Anyone who has information for West Mercia Police should call 101 and ask for the Operation Mallard incident room.

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