Woman’s Body found in Churchyard

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.

UPDATE:
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.

LINKS:
* Richmond & Twickenham Times
* London24.com

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham

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Flowers, a candle and a teddy left in memory

Flowers, a teddy and a candle left in memory

Flowers, a teddy and a candle left in memory

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14 responses to “Woman’s Body found in Churchyard

  1. UPDATE
    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.

  2. Steve

    As other have stated, the church has paths though to Twickenham Riverside and is used by many people as a cut through. I work nearby and saw the events of the day. Rumour has it that it was a suicide but like I said, just a rumour. All very sad.

  3. Anonymous

    This is dreadfully sad. Whatever happened, I hope she did not suffer.

  4. Again terribly sad but given the lack of any police activity yesterday afternoon (that I could see) that usually means there are no suspicious circumstances. However I aint no cop…. but the garden party in the house next door was in full swing last night which perhaps adds to the fact it was sadly just that, a body found outside with no suspicious circumstances.

    • Yes to all of that, including the contrast of the garden party with the event earlier in the day. The post-mortem is today apparently. Presumably it was someone fairly local. A sad story. Condolences to her family & friends.

  5. Hmm – bobchewie, you could probably have worded that better. You made it sound like the poor woman shouldn’t have been there. It was early in the morning. Maybe she was on her way to work. Or walking a dog. Or birdwatching. Or felt a bit ill and decided to sit on the bench in there. Or just passing the gate and was hauled in by someone. Whichever way, it’s all terribly sad so let’s not speculate but instead offer condolences to her bereaved family.

    • @judy i rather think you are missing the obvious. The body was found in church yard..meaning she died there or was killed there…of all places i could go to pass the time it wouldnt be a church yard .those places have a kind of meaning or relevance..they are not recreational places

    • But what is the ‘obvious’ here? The young woman was found close to the gate. Did you not know there is a path from Church St to the Riverside that many people use as a short cut? I’m afraid your comments remind me of the bad ol’ days when police asked rape victims what they were wearing at the time of the attack. Maybe we should wait and see what the inquest comes up with.

    • @judy sure but she was unconcious prior to passing away…and if she was there prior to 7am when it dark then it seemed a little odd to me thats all..oh btw i think you mentioned ‘someone could have hauled her in ”..

    • Simon H

      Bob, this is not a Scooby Doo mystery. A young woman has died. Someone who knows her may even read this thread. Can you keep your childish speculation to yourself?

    • @simon H childish? sorry i am fully aware of this poor womans death..i have lost people around me in the past few years so i know only too well about losing someone thank you…

      and it wasnt childish speculation..it was based on a few things..

      Tuesday 25th June 2013

      “A woman in her late 20’s has been found dead in a churchyard in Twickenham.
      Police were called to Church Lane around 7am this morning to reports of an unconscious woman.
      She was pronounced dead at the scene.
      Officers are treating the death as unexplained.”

      A woman who was unconcious, then dead sadly.. found at 7am in church yard.. meaning that she was in church yard presumably prior to 7am..ie when it was dark…woman in church yard in the dark…
      whatever the outcome of the pathology it seemed a little odd to me…
      and scooby doo is a cartoon by the way..this isnt…

    • Simon H

      You are rather reveling in little theories about why the lady was in the churchyard, which I find a little disrespectful, given the hyperlocal nature of this forum and the fact that the sad event only happened two days ago. But arguing about it is even more childish and disrespectful, so let’s not!

    • @Simon H i am glad we agree on something i did not mean any harm by what i said..some areas of london are dimly lit and i for one would not go near them..but i come from a background where people would always dismiss anything that happened..”its nothing” ” its not our problem” was always the catchphrase..only to find later that i wish i could have done something..in fact on a few occasions i did act and fortunatley actually saved someones life..we do not live in safe times anymore..im not sure we ever did..but ive always tried to be vigilant ..just in case…this is very sad story indeed and my heart goes out to the poor womans relatives ..but as i say…being watchful doesnt cost anything…

  6. thats very sad and also quite suspicious too..what was she doing in cemetry was it late at night?