A MURDER investigation has been launched following the discovery of a woman’s body at a flat in Whitby.
Julie Davison was discovered by family members at her Church Square home in West Cliff at 12.40pm on Wednesday.
The 50-year-old, who has a grown-up son, had suffered serious head injuries, leading police to close off the area and launch a major murder investigation.
Cleveland Police and North Yorkshire Police are trying to trace James Allen over the murder of Miss Davison and 81-year-old Colin Dunford, who was found dead at his home in Middlesbrough on Monday night.
Allen is known to police and they are advising anyone who comes into contact with him not to approach him but to call police immediately. He is described as 5ft 7in tall, with a bald head and tattoos on both arms.
Church Square was cordoned off with police tape yesterday and there was a huge police presence just yards away from West Cliff Primary School.
Door to door enquiries took place throughout the evening.
Melanie Liu, who lives in Hudson Street, said: “It’s very scary. The whole point of being somewhere rural and isolated is nothing does happen here. When something like this does happen, it’s unreal.”
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said that patrols have been stepped up to support the investigation and provide reassurance to concerned residents.
Anyone with any information can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, pressing option 1and pass the information on to the Force Control Room, quoting “Operation Bulb”.
To leave information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.