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  • 4 September 2014, 19:02

Body Found In Field Had Multiple Stab Wounds

A woman whose body was found in a Hampshire field was stabbed multiple times, police have revealed.

Penelope Anne Davis, 47, from Blackfield, was discovered at 4.42pm on Tuesday by her husband.

She was tending to her two horses in a field off Hatchet Lane, near Beaulieu, when she was killed.

Mrs Davis, known as Pennie, had five children and worked in a local supermarket.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: "We carried out an autopsy yesterday at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. I can reveal that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

"This is therefore a murder inquiry."

Mr Barton appealed for witnesses in the area between 2pm and 5pm to come forward. He added that no arrests had been made and there were no obvious suspects.

"This is a rural location, but it's extremely busy with local people using it as a shortcut," he said.

A white forensic tent remains in the field where Mrs Davis' body was found.

Police patrols have also been stepped up in the area and around 70 officers are involved in the investigation.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team on 101, via the force website quoting Operation Biscotti, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.