Wells victim named

Avon & Somerset Police today named the woman who died at South Street on Sunday 7 November. She has now been formally identified as Sarah Ashwell, 47.

The murder investigation into her death continues and three men remain in police custody.

Meanwhile this morning the Police released a moving statement from Sarah’s family: “We are absolutely devastated by what has happened to Sarah, who we all loved so very much. Nothing can prepare you for such terrible news and we are utterly heartbroken. Sarah had so much of her life still to live. It is unbearable for us to think that this has been taken away from her and that she has been taken away from us. We are incredibly touched by the many kind and loving tributes that have been posted on social media by friends and loved ones in the last few days. It is a comfort for us to be reminded how well loved she was and that so many people had such affection for her.”

Detective Superintendent Gary Haskins is leading the enquiry into Sarah’s death. He explained “This is a fast-moving, complex investigation and we’re exploring a number of lines of enquiry. We’re grateful to everyone who has contacted us with information. We’ve already made three arrests and are conducting a thorough, detailed forensic examination of Sarah’s home. The team is determined to find justice for Sarah and answers for her family.
 
He repeated the Police appeal for information: “We want to hear from you if you were in South Street on Sunday. Do you have any dashcam, CCTV or phone footage of the area that day? Or any other information which could help us piece together Sarah’s last hours?
 
If you can help please call 101 with information and give the reference 5221261875.

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