The body of a woman, thought to be in her late 20s was found in the grounds of St Mary’s Church in Twickenham on the morning of Tuesday 25th June. The story, reported in the Richmond & Twickenham Times and other media, outlines how police were called at 7.00am after reports of an unconscious woman in the churchyard. A police spokeswoman is quoted as saying, “Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin not yet informed”.
One local resident told us, “I came to work and there were loads of police cars in Church Lane and Aragon Rd outside the Church. I heard that someone had discovered a body early in the morning. The police have been here for most of the day along with lots of reporters”.
By early Tuesday evening the police had gone, the churchyard was fully open to the public and there were no ‘incident’ signs up or police tape. Enquiries are now underway into the cause and circumstances of the woman’s death. We’ll update this item if we get more information.
27/06/2013: News website London24 has named the woman as Julia Ratajczyk, aged 28, from Putney. The site says Wednesday’s post mortem did not establish the cause of death but that the cause would be determined when the inquest at the coroner’s court resumes at a later date, yet to be confirmed.
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham
Flowers, a candle and a teddy left in memory