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Probe ordered after woman’s body is found

PUBLISHED: 17:03 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:15 23 August 2010

A RESIDENT living in the house at the centre of a mysterious death investigation told the Reporter he has no idea how a 34-year-old woman discovered there died. Police were called to the property in Russell Road last Tuesday at about 2.15am and recover

A RESIDENT living in the house at the centre of a mysterious death investigation told the Reporter he has "no idea" how a 34-year-old woman discovered there died.

Police were called to the property in Russell Road last Tuesday at about 2.15am and recovered a woman's body as neighbours described loud arguing leading up to the death.

The body was recovered at 6am and a 36-year-old man was later arrested by police and quizzed about the unexplained death before being released on police bail.

Carl Homden, who was not arrested by police, spoke from his bedroom window days after the discovery.

He said: "The police would not let me in the house and it had been taped off because they said it was an alleged crime scene.

"A body was taken from the house and I was not been allowed in. I'm knackered because I've had nowhere to stay but I have not been arrested and it is nothing to do with me.

"I was working that night but I was not allowed in the house I have no idea what happened."

Police launched an investigation after making the grim discovery at about 2.15am on Tuesday, November Tuesday 4.

Two separate scenes were cordoned off in connection with the inquiry to allow forensic examination to take place.

The scene in Russell Road, Gravesend, which is where the body was discovered, and about half-a-mile away in Clifton Grove, Gravesend.

A post-mortem examination was carried out late that afternoon and a number of further tests are underway to establish the cause of death.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said she heard arguing leading up to the grim discovery.

She said: "On Monday night I was trying to sleep, and I heard rowing, which started at about 11pm. It got louder and louder, I heard screaming, crashing banging, I heard crying. When I woke at 6am I saw a body bag being brought out. At about 1pm the shouting escalated, then deadly silence. Then I heard shouting 'Oh no. Oh no!"

Detective Inspector Ian Dampier, who is in charge of the investigation, said: "At present we can only continue to treat the death as unexplained.

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