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Police name woman found dead in flat

By Abigail Nicholson

A woman found dead in her Wirral flat was named by police.

Officers rushed to a flat block on Vittoria Close in Birkenhead at around 7.15pm on Thursday, May 12, following reports a woman's body had ben found in a property. Once police and paramedics arrived they found a woman in her 60s, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers arrested a 51-year-old man, who is known to the victim, on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody. Police are treating the incident as domestic-related and detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident

READ MORE: Children laugh and play in street hours after woman found dead in flats

Police have now formally named the woman as 62-year-old Karen Wheeler. Her next of kin were informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

A post mortem is due to take place to establish the cause of death. An investigation is ongoing and officers remain on Vittoria Close while CCTV, forensic and house-to house-enquiries are carried out.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101 with reference 22000326747.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or their online form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.

If someone is in immediate danger they should dial 999 and speak to an operator but we also accept that openly speaking is not always an option.

The Silent Solution is a service which means a vulnerable person can call 999 and alert police, by pressing ’55.’ This will indicate help is needed and we will respond.

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