Woman found dead is identified

Crime scene in George Street, Hastings.
Crime scene in George Street, Hastings.

A WOMAN found dead in the communal area of flats in George Street last Wednesday (November 13) has been formally identified as Susan Bowles.

She was aged 55 and lived in George Street.

Her family today said: “We are shocked and saddened at the tragic news.”

A 61-year-old man from Hastings, who was arrested on suspicion of murder last Wednesday night, has been released on bail until December 19 while officers carry out further enquiries.

Detectives are awaiting the results of a post-mortem.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Fanner, of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “We are treating the death as unexplained at this time and are keeping an open mind as to what has happened.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Bakewell, email contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Did you know Susan Bowles? If you would like to leave a tribute to her, email sol.buckner@jpress.co.uk or phone 01424 856760.