Family tribute to woman found dead in Goodwood

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The family of a woman allegedly murdered by her son have paid tribute to her after police found what they believe to be her body in Goodwood yesterday.

Brenda James, 78, who lived at Lakeside Caravan Park in Chichester, was reported missing on Tuesday, March 22, by close friends who became concerned after not hearing from her for several days.

Yesterday afternoon police found a body of an elderly woman believed to be that of Mrs James, who is pictured above.

Specialist officers had been searching a vast area of woodland near Pilleygreen Hill near Goodwood Racecourse on the Goodwood estate since midday on Wednesday following information given to the police.

A post mortem is due to take place later today to confirm the identity of the body.

Her 50-year-old son who was arrested on Wednesday March, 23, remains in police custody on suspicion of murder.

Mrs James’ daughter, Nicole James, has given a moving tribute to her mother, who spent time between her home in Chichester and in Sweden where some of her family live.

“She had a close circle of her own friends here and was much loved and admired for her attitude to life and her sociable ways.

“Her grandchildren in Sweden had the good fortune to spend more time with her than most do with their nanna.

“When she was here she treated every day as a holiday, filling her time with gardening, crossword puzzles and socialising.

“Her close family up in Cleethorpes are devastated. At home in Chichester, we know mum will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

“She was extremely popular locally, with a wide circle of friends who she met with regularly to play bridge and enjoy other hobbies.

“Her untimely death has been a shock to us all and we are at a loss for words to describe how we feel. We miss her.”

DCI Nick May, from Sussex Police’s Major Crime Branch, said: “Until the body is formally identified we cannot confirm that it is Brenda James, but all our enquiries indicate this is the case and we have updated the family accordingly.

“Officers and staff from Sussex Police have been working around the clock to establish what happened to Brenda and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, and this will continue today.

“The man who has been arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody and detectives will continue to interview him this morning.”