Man, 56, is arrested on suspicion of murder after 58-year-old woman vanished from £850,000 Norwich farmhouse
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 58-year-old woman disappeared from her £850,000 Norwich farmhouse ten days ago.
Diane Douglas, 58, from Colton, near Norwich, was reported missing from her farmhouse that resides in a quiet village on October 21 after her family, who she has not been in contact with for ‘several years’, were unable to reach her following repeated attempts.
Police said it was a ‘no body murder’ investigation and on Saturday evening, a 56-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and it is believed he is known to Diane.
Her family contacted the force after renewed attempts to get in touch with her failed, police believe it is ‘highly likely’ that she has come to harm and have launched a murder investigation, even though her body has not been found.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after Diane Douglas, 58, (Op die foto) disappeared from her £850,000 Norwich farmhouse ten days ago
Police said it was a ‘no body murder’ investigation and a man she knew was detained on Saturday evening in Wales.
Det Insp Matthew Connick said: ‘Although we hope to find Diane alive, we do believe it is highly likely that she has come to harm as she has not been seen for a significant period of time, we have therefore launched a murder investigation.’
Police officers were hunting for evidence at her isolated home, named Meadow Farm in Colton near Norwich, Norfolk.
Officers are also standing guard outside the three bedroom property which is down a track around 400 yards from a road on the outskirts of the village.
Villagers said the farmhouse which overlooks a field with a herd of redpoll cattle had been rented out for around ten years.
It is not known how long Ms Douglas had lived at the address, or when she was last seen.
A dog walker on a nearby footpath said: ‘The farmhouse used to be the home of a retired RAF officer, but has been rented since he moved out.
‘It is really very remote and cut off from the rest of the village. There are high hedges so you cannot really see whether someone is at home or not.’
The farmland around the house is said to be rented out to local farmers who keep cattle.
A Norfolk Police statement said: ‘The family alerted police after renewed attempts to contact her failed.
‘Officers have been making a number of enquiries since then in efforts to trace her, however detectives from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team have now declared the case a ‘no body’ murder investigation.
‘A 56-year-old man was arrested on Saturday evening in Wales on suspicion of her murder and is being brought back to Norfolk for questioning. Both parties were known to each other.’
Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting Operation Entity.