Skydiving beauty salon owner named as tragic murder victim leaving neighbours shocked
A 50-year-old woman who died in a suspected murder has been named locally as beautician and mum Clair Armstrong.
Police were called to an incident in Messingham, North Lincolnshire, in the early hours of Sunday (November 6), after reports of a concern for safety.
Officers from Humberside Police responded to a house in Elm Way at around 12.40am.
A murder investigation has subsequently been launched, reports GrimsbyLive.
A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
Clair’s family have been informed of her death and are being supported by specialist officers, said police, who have launched a murder investigation.
The mum and owner of Oliver’s beauty salon was well-respected in the North Lincolnshire village. One neighbour who knew her said: “Clair was friendly and always spoke to me when we were out walking the dogs.
“I just can’t believe this has happened right on our doorstep. You see it on the television, but I’m very surprised to see it outside my house.”
Others who knew her simply cried when asked about Clair, who was also a talented skydiver and regularly took part in jumps at the local centre at Hibaldstow.
Another Messingham business owner added: “I just can’t believe it, I’ve only ever seen this sort of thing on the news. The whole thing is just such a shock.”
A scene guard will remain in place at the property for a number of days whilst the circumstances surrounding the murder are established.
In a public appeal, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Vickers said: “We understand that a tragic incident of this nature will cause shock to the local community, but I would like to reassure people that this is an isolated incident between individuals known to each other with no wider risk to members of the public.
“Those living in the area can expect to see a number of officers over the coming days whilst a scene guard remains in place, and we continue with our investigation.
“I would encourage anyone with information, or anyone with concerns, to please come and speak to us.
“Alternatively, please call our non-emergency number 101 quoting log 25 of today, Sunday 6 November. If you would prefer to report information anonymously, you can do so by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”