Murder investigation launched as remains of woman from south Essex discovered on island

Angela Millington

Angela Millington - Credit: Archant

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after ramblers discovered parts of a washed up body in Essex.

The remains of Angela Millington, 33, from Southend, were discovered on Foulness Island, Essex, on June 21.

It is not known how long she had been there but she was identified following forensic and DNA tests and police now believe she was murdered.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We have launched a murder investigation as we don’t know what happened to Angela.

“We are keeping all lines of enquiry open. Anyone with any information, no matter how small, could help us to discover how Angela died and bring her justice.”

Ms Millington had no fixed address and was last been seen alive when she visited a housing officer in Westcliff on November 21.

She also withdrew money from her bank account that day and her mobile phone has not been used since the end of that month.

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Mr Werrett added: “We have not found any of her clothing or belongings.

“Angela was known to associate with street drinkers and local homeless people.

“There was a sighting of her by a police officer in the Porters Grange area of Southend on January 6 but we have no definite details of her movements since November 21.

“The expert reports indicate that she did not die on Foulness but was either taken there or the body was carried there in the tide.”

The ramblers initially found a collection of bones as they walked in a salt marsh area on the island.

They called police and a full search found further parts of the skeleton.

Detectives have been supporting her family and speaking to people who knew her to try and find out how and when she died, Essex Police said.

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 01702 470173 during office hours or 101 outside of those times.