Wiltshire Police hunt man after body found in Melksham

Richard Newton
Image caption Wiltshire Police has released a photograph of Richard Newton

A man is being sought by police in connection with the death of a woman in Wiltshire.

Avon and Somerset Police said the body of the woman was found at a house in Melksham on Sunday morning.

Officers want to speak to Richard Gordon Newton, 51, from the Bowerhill area of Melksham. They said he may hold "vital information".

His car, a blue Volkswagen Polo, was later found abandoned in Exmoor National Park.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said it was believed Mr Newton left his house on Sunday morning.

The car was found at Brendon Common, Exmoor, shortly after 12:30 GMT.

The woman is yet to be formally identified.

Police have appealed for anybody with information to come forward.

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