Julia Tottle suffered sustained assault before death

Julia Tottle
Image caption Julia Tottle was found dead following a "sustained assault"

A woman who was found dead in a North Somerset village suffered a sustained assault, tests have revealed.

The body of the woman, named by police as as Julia Tottle, was found in a property in Crookes Lane, Kewstoke, near Weston-super-Mare, on Tuesday.

A post-mortem examination has concluded that she died from head injuries following a sustained assault.

A man who police say fell or jumped from an upstairs window has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

The arrested man is believed to be the partner of Ms Tottle, who was known locally as Julie.

'Isolated incident'

Police said he remained in a stable condition at Frenchay Hospital with "life-changing injuries".

Another man in his 40s, who was arrested at the scene, has been released without charge.

Det Ch Insp Phil Jones, Avon and Somerset Police's senior investigating officer in the case, said officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

"Although I am keeping an open mind, I believe this is an isolated incident but would urge anyone in Kewstoke to come forward with information," he said.

"I would particularly like to hear from anyone who can help us piece together what happened in the hours leading up to the discovery of the body on Tuesday."

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