Murder inquiries continue at lake

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INVESTIGATIONS into the death of Ruth Jacobs, whose body was found in Needham Lake, continue after police carried out stop-checks at the weekend.

Police revisited the site in Coddenham Road, Needham Market, one week after the body of the 60-year-old was found in the lake. Detectives spoke to 36 members of the public between 5pm on Saturday and 8am on Sunday.

The investigation began after a man from Needham Market discovered the body of Mrs Jacobs while out with his young son at 8am on February 20.

A post-mortem examination showed that Mrs Jacobs, who lived in Ipswich, died as a result of drowning.

A 58-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested at Wissett Lake shortly after the discovery of the body. Police held the man on suspicion of murder in hospital but he was later detained under section two of the Mental Health Act.

He is no longer under police arrest and the investigation into Mrs Jacobs’ death continues.

Police carried out overnight checks at Needham Lake to speak to members of the public and to see if they had any information which may assist in the inquiry. A police pod was also set up in the car park.

Senior investigating officer, Det Chief Insp John Brocklebank, said: “This investigation is still in its early stages so it’s important that we capture as much information from the public as we can.

“We’re grateful for those who took time out to speak to us on Saturday evening and Sunday night. We’ll now review what we have been given, but we continue to ask those who think they can still help us to contact us.”

The police appeal focuses on those people who were at Needham Lake between 4pm Saturday, February 19, and 8am Sunday, February 20, as well as those who were at Wissett Lake in Halesworth between 4pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday.

Anyone with information should call 01473 613500.