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UK murder probe launched after woman found dead

UK murder probe launched after woman found dead

Police have launched a murder probe after a woman was found dead at her Ayrshire home.

Andrena Douglas, 53, was found dead in her house in Crusader Crescent, Stewarton, when officers went to the property at around 6.20am on Thursday.

They had gone there to tell Ms Douglas that her partner had been found seriously injured after a caravan fire nearby.

Police Scotland is investigating whether the two events are connected.

The force revealed they are treating the death as murder following the results of a post-mortem examination carried out on Friday.

Detective Inspector Martin Fergus, of the major investigation team, said: "Officers had attended at Ms Douglas's home to inform her that her partner had been found seriously injured following a fire at nearby Peacockbank Farm, Stewarton, around 5.15am on Thursday, but they found her dead in the house.

"We are currently following a number of lines of enquiry regarding both incidents and whilst at this time we cannot link Ms Douglas's death and the fire in which her partner was injured, we also cannot rule it out.

"However, it is imperative that people do not make assumptions as this may seriously hinder our enquiry."

Mr Fergus said police want to establish what happened between 8pm on Wednesday June 8 - when Ms Douglas was last seen - and the time her body was found the following day.

Urging anyone with information to come forward, he added: "To this end, I would appeal to anyone who was in the area, who may have seen any suspicious activity - whether that be a vehicle or someone on foot in the area - to contact police.

"The man injured in the fire is still critically ill in hospital and so far we have been unable to talk to him.

"How and why the fire started has still to be established and a joint investigation between police and Scottish Fire and Rescue is under way."

Anyone with information about the murder or the fire is asked to contact the incident room in Kilmarnock on 01563 525 172, or via 101. Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.