A MURDER investigation is under way after a mother-of-four died in her County Durham home.
Police were called to the home of Susan Ann Forster on Gurlish West, Coundon, shortly after 2am yesterday morning by a concerned neighbour.
Officers arriving at the property found the 51-year-old unconscious after suffering serious injuries. Paramedics battled to save Mrs Forster’s life but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is believed the victim’s husband, Charlie, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Today, residents of the small Coundon community paid tribute to a “friendly” and “caring” mother who was a carer at Howlish Hall Nursing Home.
Friends at a the nearby Durham Ox pub, where Mrs Forster used to drink, recalled a fundraising night she held a few years ago.
The man, who did not want to be named, said: “She was a nice woman. She organised a charity night here for Howlish Hall about three years ago. All the money raised was to take the old people out for day trips.”
One neighbour, whose mother knew both Mr and Mrs Forster, said: “My mam said she was a lovely woman and was always really nice and friendly.
“She said she saw Susan and her husband in the supermarket the other day having a laugh and joke with each other. And she saw Charlie on Monday and said he seemed very calm and collected.”
The neighbour added: “Apparently he was at the bingo the night before it happened.”
Douglas Strudwick, 77, who lives close to Mrs Forster, said: “The couple tended to keep themselves to themselves. But to know that suddenly something so tragic happened over there is a bit of a shock to the system.”
A spokeswoman for Durham Constabulary said: “A 62-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is being held for questioning at Bishop Auckland police station.”
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Goundry has appealed for anyone with information to contact police on 0345 606 0365. The coroner has been informed and a postmortem was scheduled to be carried out last night.