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Woman, 35, found dead at house in Leeds ‘after her body lay inside for up to four weeks’

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Woman, 35, found dead at house in Leeds ‘after her body lay inside for up to four weeks’ as man and woman, both 35, are arrested on suspicion of murder

  • West Yorkshire Police have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of murder
  • Police found a woman’s body at an address in west Leeds on Friday afternoon
  • She was named locally as Kirstie Ellis and neighbours fear she died weeks ago 
  • Members of the public with relevant information are urged to contact police 

A woman who was found dead at her home may have been lying there for a number of weeks, neighbours fear, as two people remain in custody on suspicion of murder.

The woman, named locally as Kirstie Anne Ellis, 35, was found dead at her house in Leeds on Friday afternoon by police officers who responded to concerns for her safety.

A man and a woman, both 35, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody to be quizzed by detectives from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide team.

Shocked neighbours on the quiet cul-de-sac in Stanningley, west Leeds, said they feared her body may have lay there undiscovered for a month.

One woman in the street, who didn’t want to be named, said that officers had knocked on doors asking neighbours if they had seen Kirstie in recent weeks.

She said: ‘Two weeks ago, police came here asking if we’d seen her in the last two weeks.

Pictured: Kirstie Anne Ellis who has been named locally as the woman who was found dead at her home in Leeds on Friday, sparking a murder investigation by West Yorkshire Police

Pictured: Kirstie Anne Ellis who has been named locally as the woman who was found dead at her home in Leeds on Friday, sparking a murder investigation by West Yorkshire Police

Kirstie Anne Ellis

Kirstie Anne Ellis

A man and a woman remain in custody over the death of Kirstie Anne Ellis (pictured)

Neighbours say police were looking for Kirstie weeks before she was found at home (pictured)

Neighbours say police were looking for Kirstie weeks before she was found at home (pictured)

‘She could have been dead in there for a good four weeks.’

The neighbour said police also showed residents a photograph of a man they were interested in speaking to, but she did not recognise him.

She added: ‘The police said there was a lot of post piled up behind her door. I don’t know why they didn’t kick the door in then.

‘Everyone sort of keeps themselves to themselves and we never really spoke to her.

‘I never really saw her have friends round or have anyone over.

‘I wasn’t in on Friday, but when I came home I saw all the police. It was a shock, it’s a proper quiet street. You just don’t expect it.’

Cops attend the crime scene at Stanhall Mews, Stanningley in west Leeds this morning

Cops attend the crime scene at Stanhall Mews, Stanningley in west Leeds this morning

Neighbours believe Kirstie may have been dead for weeks: Pictured: an officer on the scene

Neighbours believe Kirstie may have been dead for weeks: Pictured: an officer on the scene

A second neighbour, who was not named, told Leeds Live: ‘Obviously, everyone is very shocked about what has happened to this poor woman.

‘We don’t know very much about what has taken place as yet and it’s normally such a quiet little street.

‘I only ever spoke to her once or twice about bin collections and I don’t think anyone round here knew her at all to be honest, not even her name.

‘I know it’s a cliché but she kept herself to herself.

‘The police were at the same house a week or two ago regarding a missing persons enquiry and I don’t know if what’s happened is connected to that in any way.’

Police and forensic teams continue to work at the property and conduct patrols in the area.

Police received concern for safety report at about 3pm Saturday and found the woman's body

Police received concern for safety report at about 3pm Saturday and found the woman’s body

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a woman was found at an address in Leeds.

‘The woman’s body was discovered inside a property in Stanhall Mews in Stanningley after police received a concern for safety report at 2.49pm on Friday.

‘A man and a woman, both 35, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.

‘A scene remains on at the address as enquiries into the woman’s death continue. These are being led by the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.’

Detectives have appealed for anyone with any information to get in touch.

Anyone with any information that is likely to assist the investigation is asked to contact the team on 101, or by using the LiveChat facility on the West Yorkshire Police website.

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