POLICE investigating the murder of a woman in Clacton have formally identified her as part of an appeal for witnesses.

Isabella Mitchell, 45, was found dead inside a flat in Wellesley Road, Clacton, yesterday. 

Officers and forensic investigators have been on the scene since 3.10pm on Monday.

Essex Police were initially treating the death as unexplained, but launched a murder investigation this afternoon.

A 52-year-old man, from Clacton, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, senior investigating officer, said: “My heart goes out to Isabella’s loved ones at this incredibly challenging time.

“I want to hear from anyone who saw Isabella in the week between Monday, July 8, and Monday July, 15, whether she was alone or in the company of others.

"You could hold vital information about Isabella’s death."

Officers are appealing for anyone who lives or works in the road with CCTV to contact the Major Investigation Team on 101, quoting incident 717 of July 15.

Alternatively those with information can email scd.appeals.essex@essex.pnn.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The killing is unrelated to a murder investigation launched in Jaywick on Sunday.

Acting Chief Insp Darren Deex said: “I appreciate the incidents over the last few days will have caused concern amongst the community but Tendring is, and remains, a safe place to live and work.

“The two sad deaths over the last few days are not linked and are isolated incidents with no risk to the wider public.

“Both are being investigated by experienced, dedicated and highly skilled detectives who have worked quickly to make arrests.”