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  • 4 September 2014, 12:17

Murder Hunt After Woman's Body Found In Field

Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a woman was found in a field in the New Forest.

HampshireConstabulary's Major Investigation Team (HMIT) said police were called to the field on Lyndhurst Road, near Brockenhurst, at 4.42pm on Tuesday after the body was discovered.

It is thought the woman, identified as 47-year-old Penelope Ann Davis, was tending to her horse prior to her death.

Mrs Davis, known as Pennie, was married and was also a mother. Police confirmed her husband found her body.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, who is leading the investigation said: "We are treating the discovery of a woman's body in Beaulieu as murder.

"I am unable at this time to provide any further information regarding the victim until all of the family has been informed and formal identification has taken place."

Sky News Reporter Charlotte Lomas said results of a post-mortem examination by a Home Office forensic pathologist could be revealed on Thursday.

She said: "Police are now patrolling the area. The field lies fairly close to a busy road.

"Officers are hoping that anybody with information will get in touch, especially if they were in the area between 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday afternoon."

A white forensic tent remains in the field where the woman's body was discovered.

Det Supt Barton said police patrols have been stepped up in the area.

Anyone with information has been asked tocontact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) on 101 or via the website quoting Operation Biscotti.

Alternatively they can contactcharity Crimestoppersanonymously on 0800 555 111.

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