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Essex Woman May Have Been Killed Due To Muslim Dress

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Police believe a woman who died after being attacked on a footpath in Essex may have been targeted because of her Islamic clothing.

Salary Brook Trail

The woman, in her early thirties, was found in the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester yesterday morning.

She was wearing a full length robe called an Abaya, and a Hijab headscarf.

Detective superintendent Tracy Hawkings said officers were keeping an open mind about the motive of the attack.

But she added: "We are conscious that the dress of the victim will have identified her as likely being a Muslim and this is one of the main lines of the investigation but again there is no firm evidence at this time that she was targeted because of her religion.

"We have not yet been able to formally identify the victim but we believe we know who she is and specially trained family liaison officers are speaking with her family now.

"A forensic post-mortem is due to be carried out this afternoon to establish the cause of death but at this time it would appear that a knife or other bladed weapon was used in this attack.

"The victim also suffered facial injuries but the cause of these has yet to be established.

"We have no further detail on the murder weapon or weapons at this time but if anyone comes across any suspicious items which they think could be connected to this murder we would ask them to call us."

A 52-year-old man was arrested last night in connection with the murder.