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The family of a woman found deceased in Whittington, near Lichfield, last week, have paid tribute to her.
Police and the ambulance service were called to an address on Lichfield Road in the village at around 10.42am on Thursday 24 February.
Sadly, 68-year-old Valerie Freer, was pronounced deceased by paramedics a short time later.
The family of Valerie have paid tribute to her.
In a statement, the family said: “Words cannot even begin to describe how truly devastated we are to have lost our wonderful Val.
“Her illuminating smile and infectious laughter would light up any room.
“An incredibly beautiful lady both inside and out, she was always so loving and caring to all those around her.
“Val is loved infinitely by family and friends around the world.
“She will be hugely missed, remaining forever in our hearts.”
Valerie’s family have requested privacy during this difficult time to allow them to grieve.
Her death is being treated as murder.
A 72-year-old man, initially arrested in connection with the death, has since been released with no further action to be taken.
A 26-year-old man, arrested in the Slough area on 24 February, on suspicion of murder, remains in police custody.
Officers are continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the Lichfield Road area of the village between 10 and 24 February 2022, who may have seen a red Peugeot 208, to get in touch.
Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident number 195 of 24 February.
Alternatively, visit the Major Incident Public Portal website at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/STAFFS22J01-PO1
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