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Police appeal over body in lake

Detectives have released a description of a woman found dead in a university lake in a bid to solve the mystery surrounding her identity.

The woman, who Norfolk Police have now said was aged in her late 30s to early 40s, was spotted floating face down in the lake at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

Police and university officials have established she was not a member of staff, student or visitor to the campus and are not linking the find to any missing people reports in Norfolk, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire. The condition of the body means they cannot say how she died and so far attempts to identify her have been unsuccessful.

Detective Chief Inspector Dennis Lacey revealed that the woman had short dark brown hair with a natural wave which shows signs of being dyed auburn or dark red. She was 5ft 7in and of slim build.

Mr Lacey said: "Efforts to identify the woman have so far been unsuccessful. We've carried out forensic inquiries and these have failed to reveal the woman's identity.

"I would also ask anyone who is concerned about a friend or relative who may not have been seen or heard from recently who matches this description to get in touch with police."

The body was fully clothed in what detectives have described as "normal day wear".

A Home Office post mortem examination carried out at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital proved inconclusive and toxicology tests will now be carried out to help establish the cause of death.

A spokesman for the UEA confirmed that one CCTV camera covers the lake and footage from this has been handed to police.

Police are treating the death as unexplained. Anyone with information should contact Norwich CID on 101.

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