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Appeal for information following death of a 76-year-old woman
Thursday 3rd November, 2005

Police in Wigan are appealing for information following the death of a 76-year-old woman at her home on Tuesday 1 November 2005.

At approximately 9.30am on the Tuesday officers were called to the home of Jean CARDWELL DOB: 21/03/29 on Worsley Mesnes Drive in Wigan following reports that a body had been found.

Paramedics called the police after attending the property. Jean was pronounced dead at the scene.

The previous night, Monday 31st October, officers had attended the address at about 11.55pm, following reports that a man had been seen at the window of Jean's flat. He ran away after being spotted.

A thorough search of the area was made by officers who attended, but no one was found and at 12.30am, after liaising with the warden, they left.

The following morning Jean discovered her handbag and some money had been stolen. Shortly after she collapsed and died.

Detective Inspector Chris Wood, from Wigan CID, said:

"At present the death is being treated as suspicious, as further tests are taking place to establish exact cause of death. Therefore we are unable to rule out any effect the incident the previous night may have had on Mrs Cordwell collapsing.

"We are anxious to trace the man seen at the window of the flat. Acts of this nature against the elderly are cowardly and those responsible need to be dealt with by the police with the assistance of the community.

"Our thoughts are with Jean's family and friends at this very sad time but we would like to reassure them, and members of the local community, that we are doing everything possible to try and catch those responsible. We would urge anyone who may have any information regarding this to contact Wigan CID on 0161 856 7254 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."


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