UPDATE: Police hunt BMW in Lurgashall murder case

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Police are appealing for information about a silver BMW estate which was seen near the area where a police officer was murdered near Lurgashall.

The body of policewoman Heather Cooper, 33, was found on Sunday (October 16) at Blackdown Woods near Lurgashall.

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

Detective Chief Inspector Nick May, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “We are continuing work to build up a picture of events on Sunday and I am urging anyone who may have seen this vehicle during that day in these locations to contact police. Your information could prove vital.”

Officers were called shortly before 11.30pm to a report of a concern for safety and firstly attended an address in West Street, Haslemere, where mother-of-two Miss Cooper lived.

Following inquiries, they then went to the West Sussex woodland, where a search led to the discovery of the body concealed in undergrowth about four miles from the house.

Miss Cooper’s partner, former policeman Peter Foster, 35, was then detained by police.

He is believed now to be a heating engineer after leaving Surrey Police around two years ago.

Miss Cooper has not yet been formally identified but police stress the two were not married.

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

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police by calling 101.