A ‘lovely’ grandmother found dying on a Sheffield street was slumped in a pool of blood, horrified residents have revealed.
Peggy Foster, aged 80, was found ‘in a foetal position’ on the ground on Worrall Road, Hillsborough, by a shocked passer-by.
Medics raced to the street but the pensioner could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police launched a murder investigation and arrested a 55-year-old man over the death. But last night they said it was not thought there were any suspicious circumstances and he was released on bail.
Today shocked friends and neighbours spoke of their horror at the death of mother-of-three and grandmother Mrs Foster, who shared a home on Worrall Road with her son, Paul.
She was found dead outside a hair salon and chip shop, a few hundred metres from where she lived.
Neighbours said the pensioner suffered with Alzheimer’s and had rarely left her home in recent years.
Bev Tune, 53, who lived next door to Mrs Foster said: “I am in shock, I lived next door to her for 21 years – it’s awful.
“She was a lovely lady although she had been ill for a while with Alzheimer’s so we didn’t see her as much as we used to. She had had it for a few years.
“She was very well known in the area, I think she was born and spent most of her life in Wadsley.”
Neighbour Anthony Sykes, 58, added: “She was a much valued member of the community.
“In recent years she had developed Alzheimer’s and we would sometimes see her up and down the road in a confused state.
“Before she became ill she would be out and about with her friends in the local pubs, she was a very sociable lady but over recent years we did not see much of her.”
Wendy Figures, 49, who lives opposite the spot where Mrs Foster was found dead, said: “I think somebody walking a dog found her at 9.30am on Sunday but I don’t know how long she had been there.
“There was a lot of blood apparently and she was found in the foetal position.
“Everybody is shocked that something like this has happened, especially involving somebody of that age.
“The police have been very busy since the body was found. They were here all day on Sunday and there were cars and vans everywhere .
“They closed the road off while scenes of crime officers in white suits were looking around and then they brought the police dogs in.
“Officers have visited every house nearby.”
A police tent yesterday covered the spot where Mrs Foster’s body was found in a bid to preserve potential forensic material.
The area was taped off and under police guard while crime scene investigation officers examined the scene.
Police carried out door-to-door inquiries asking residents if they had seen or heard anything suspicious.
A police van and car were also parked outside Mrs Foster’s mid-terraced home, where neighbours were struggling to come to terms with the death.