Murder probe begins after woman found dead in Helmshore
A woman has been found dead in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire, prompting police to launch a murder investigation.
The 60-year-old was found with multiple stab wounds at a property in Sunny Bank Road, Helmshore at 22:40 GMT on Friday after concerns were raised for her welfare.
She is believed to be Sadie Hartley, Lancashire Police said. A formal identification is yet to take place.
No arrests have been made.
Ms Hartley was last seen at a conference in Manchester on Thursday and is believed to have returned home, police said.
Det Supt Andy Murphy said: "We have a large team of detectives dedicated to following all lines of enquiry.
"Specialist officers are supporting Sadie's family at this difficult time."
A post-mortem examination is due to take place and a police cordon remains at the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to call Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers.