No charge after death of elderly woman

POLICE officers investigating the death of an elderly charity fundraiser will not be charging a man in connection with her death.

Richard Smith

POLICE officers investigating the death of an elderly charity fundraiser will not be charging a man in connection with her death.

They have decided not to take action against a man who was arrested following the death of Rosemary Schlee, 80, in Melton, near Woodbridge.

Mrs Schlee was found dead on April 17 and police arrested a man, then aged 52, on suspicion of aiding or abetting a suicide.


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The man, who has not been identified publicly, was given police bail and it was later extended until yesterday after which Suffolk police stated that there had been a full investigation and no further police action would be taken against the man.

Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police, said yesterday: “After a full investigation into the death, the 53-year-old man now faces no further police action. An inquest will be held in due course.”

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Mrs Schlee, who attended the St Thomas Roman Catholic Church, Woodbridge, has family in Bromeswell, on the outskirts of Woodbridge. They have been unavailable for comment.

Mrs Schlee, widow of Robin, was the mother of Robin, Henry, Clive and Oriel, and grandmother to three boys and four girls.

A memorial service was held at her church on May 9 with donations invited for Oxfam and now an inquest will be held at a later date.

Mrs Schlee received the MBE nine years ago for her services to Oxfam.

She started an innovative bed and breakfast charity project in 1984, which saw a third of the takings from her business at Deben Lodge, in Melton Road, Melton, going to Oxfam.

She then expanded the business by persuading many people across Suffolk to become hosts to raise money in the same way.

Mrs Schlee was involved in the River Deben Association for many years and she was the group's publicity officer. She was known as a dedicated and enthusiastic person who enjoyed a challenge.

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