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Tributes to strangled 'caring' nurse found after fire

Lisa Skidmore Image copyright Skidmore family
Image caption Lisa Skidmore's body was found in a bedroom after the house fire in Bilston

Tributes have been paid to a nurse strangled and left in a house fire in Wolverhampton.

Lisa Skidmore, 37, was discovered dead in bed at a property on Mill Croft, Bilston, at 10:37 GMT on Thursday, police said.

A post-mortem test on Friday revealed she had been strangled.

Ms Skidmore, a senior staff nurse, had worked at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust for nearly 20 years, most recently based in the community.

'Compassionate nurse'

A spokesperson for the NHS trust described her as a "kind, caring and compassionate nurse and an absolute credit to her profession". He added that the trust's thoughts were with her family and friends.

Det Supt Mark Payne, head of homicide investigations at West Midlands Police, said officers were alerted to her death by the ambulance service after the fire.

He said it had been a "very confused scene" and it had taken some time together with the post-mortem examination "to understand exactly what went on".

'Traumatic'

Officers believe a man attacked and killed Ms Skidmore before starting the fire in the first-floor bedroom.

Her 80-year-old mother was also found injured in the property and police believe she stumbled upon the intruder, who assaulted her.

Det Supt Payne said Ms Skidmore lived alone but was part of a close family. He said the experience had been particularly "traumatic" for her mother and specialist officers were providing support.

West Midlands Police are looking for a black man in his 20s, about 5ft 6in tall, with a medium build. He was described as wearing a dark-coloured, long-sleeved jacket, dark trousers and leather gloves.

Image caption Flowers and other items were left at the scene on Mill Croft, Bilston

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