UPDATE: Police given extra time to quiz Lurgashall murder suspect

Police have been given an extra 36 hours to question a former police detective arrested on suspicion of murder.

Peter Foster, 35, a former detective with Surrey Police was arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of his partner, and policewoman Heather Cooper, 33, was found on Sunday (October 16) at Blackdown Woods near Lurgashall.

The 35-year-old of West Street, Haslemere is believed now to be a heating engineer after leaving Surrey Police around two years ago.

In the latest news detectives are asking to hear from anyone who may have seen a silver BMW estate in West Street, Haslemere, and Tennyson’s Lane, near Blackdown Woods between 11am and 11pm on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place this afternoon (Tuesday, October 18) at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, police said.

An elderly neighbour in West Street, who did not want to be named, confirmed that Miss Cooper had given birth to her second child about a month ago and believed she was still on maternity leave.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police by calling 101.