Police exhume woman’s body from cemetery and arrest man for murder

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Carlton Cemetery, Cavendish Road. (Photo: Google)

Police have exhumed the body of a woman from Carlton Cemetery and arrested a man on suspicion of her murder.

Officers recovered the remains of Jennifer Blackwell, who died aged 43 in April, in the early hours of this morning (Thursday, August 10).

Detectives say her death was at first ruled as not suspicious but have reviewed the case and arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of her murder.

Detective Superintendent Rob Griffin of Notts Police said: “Following a review, in consultation with HM Coroner and a family, we have begun an investigation to establish the cause of her death.

“Jennifer Blackwell died on 28 April 2017 in circumstances which, at the time, police believed to be non-suspicious. Following a review we have launched an investigation, for which an exhumation is deemed absolutely necessary.

“This is an unusual and extraordinarily sensitive matter, which Nottinghamshire Police is treating with great seriousness and respect.

“Jennifer’s family have been, and will be kept updated and supported throughout this extremely distressing time and have requested privacy as I’m sure you can understand. They are very supportive of the work we are doing and we are accommodating their wishes as part of the very sensitive task at hand.

“Investigators are currently hard at work to learn what they can about the circumstances surrounding Jennifer’s death.”

The 38-year-old man remains in police custody for questioning, he added.

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