Woman dead in Fife was murdered

20 June 2019, 16:28

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A woman found dead at a property in Fife was murdered, police have said.

The body of Valerie Richardson, 49, was found along with that of 39-year-old Ross Thom at an address in Links Place, Elie, at around 5.10pm on Monday.

A post-mortem concluded Ms Richardson, from Elie, was murdered, while the death of Mr Thom, from Cellardyke, is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Police said they are not looking to trace anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Detective Inspector Chris Mill said: "We understand that these deaths have come as a great shock, not only to the local community in Elie but to the families of both individuals.

"Our specially trained officers will continue to support the families with all the assistance they may require.

"We have conducted a thorough investigation of the property in Links Place and, along with the results of the post-mortem, we are satisfied that Valerie Richardson's death is suspicious and is being treated as a murder.

"While an official cause of death has yet to be established for Ross Thom, we do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances.

"This appears to have been an isolated incident and no other individuals are being sought in connection with these deaths."