A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead with her ‘neck severely slashed’ at her home in Surrey.
Police were called to the scene in Woking at 12.21pm on Thursday, following concerns over a woman’s safety.
Neighbours said the victim is believed to have suffered severe knife injuries to the neck and was found lying in a pool of blood.
She was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after and detectives recovered a knife from the scene.
Sussex Police said two men who were ‘known to the victim’ have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are being held in custody.
Local residents said the victim is believed to be a wife and mother in her 70s and was described as ‘lovey’ and ‘frail’.
Neighbour Salvina Giordano, who used to work with the woman’s daughter at cork and rubber manufacturer Tiflex, told Get Surrey she was ‘devastated’.
She told the site: ‘They [the woman and her husband] have been living here for years and have been a quiet family.
‘I know the lady wasn’t 100%. They were people that kept to themselves. I haven’t seen her for years, but I think that’s because she was frail.
‘It is devastating because she was such a sweet lady, she was lovely. I am so devastated it was her.’
On Thursday night, the large detached house featuring solar panels on the roof and a double garage, was sealed off by police as forensic science specialists combed the rooms for evidence.
The woman’s body was left at the scene for a pathologist to examine and was expected to be removed later to the mortuary at St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, where a Home Office pathologist was expected to carry out a post mortem examination.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘Officers were called to an address in Julian Close, Woking at 12.21pm following a concern for safety of a woman. On arrival a woman was found dead inside the property.
‘Two men, known to the deceased, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody. A knife was recovered from the scene.’
Inspector Andy Greaves, from Woking Police, said: ‘This afternoon a number of resources attended a quiet area of Woking following a serious incident within a home address.
‘This investigation is in its early stages and it would be wrong to speculate on exactly what’s happened, however what I am able to share is that this is an isolated incident which poses no risk to the wider public following the arrests made at the scene.’