The lead detective in the Thornton-le-Dale murder inquiry has given his first update on the investigation.
Detective Superintendent Wayne Fox was speaking publicly for the first time since North Yorkshire Police confirmed a woman had been found murdered in the village near Pickering.
“Enquiries are continuing in our efforts to establish the circumstances which led to the death of a local woman on Wednesday January 5,” .
“I want to reassure the local community that, whilst this is a tragic event, North Yorkshire Police are satisfied that we are currently dealing with an isolated incident.
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the family of the woman who sadly lost her life and they are currently being supported by specially trained officers.
“Further details will be released when possible.
“You will see an increased policing presence in the local area. Please do feel free to speak to our officers if you have any concerns.”
Police were called to a house on High Street in Thornton-le-Dale following what they described as a ‘serious incident’ shortly before 12pm yesterday (Wednesday).
They found the body of a woman inside. A man has been arrested.
Det Supt Fox said: “If any member of the public has information which could assist our investigation, please contact us by calling 101 and quoting reference: 12220002314.”