University of East Anglia lake body: Dress picture released

Dress worn by UEA lake victim Police hope retailers can identify the woman's dress

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Police have released a picture of the dress worn by a woman found dead in a Norwich lake in the hope it will help indentify her.

The woman's body was found by an angler in the University of East Anglia lake about 08:40 BST on Thursday.

A police spokesman said there was "no evidence at this stage to suggest the woman was victim of violence".

The size 10 dress features no label to indicate the maker or where it was bought.

The woman was believed to be in her late 30s to early 40s, had short dark brown hair that appeared to be dyed auburn or deep red and was 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall.

A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and further toxicology tests continue. Police are treating the death as unexplained.

Det Insp Richard Graveling, from Norwich CID, said: "We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a woman matching the description and wearing this item in the area around the university in the early part of last week.

"We are unable to establish where the dress was purchased and would be keen to hear from any retailers who believe they stock the item."

Additional searches were carried out at the weekend after a shoe was found by a fisherman on Friday night near a jetty close to where the body was discovered.

No other items were found and police are unable to confirm whether the shoe belonged to the woman.

Mr Graveling added: "There is no evidence at this stage to suggest the woman was the victim of violence or that a third party was involved, however we are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances surrounding the discovery."

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