Woman, 35, named as victim in Sheffield murder investigation

A woman who died in Sheffield on Friday (June 26) has been named as detectives continue to piece together her final movements.

Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 5:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 5:27 pm

Kimberley Smith (known as Kimmy) was found unconscious and unresponsive after ambulance crews were called to an address in Pavilion Way, Firth Park, at 8.25am that day.

The 35-year-old was taken to hospital but sadly died shortly before 5pm.

Kimberley’s family is being supported and ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.

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A photo of Kimberley Smith provided to the police by her family.

They have shared: “Kimmy was a much adored mother, daughter, sister and loved one and we, her family, request time to grieve in peace.”

Detective Chief Inspector James Axe, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “At some time between 4am and 4.30am on Friday (26 June), it’s understood that Kimberley left an address located in Lilac Road, Firth Park. We believe she then walked to Pavilion Way.

“It is now our priority to build up a picture of exactly what happened between her leaving the Lilac Road address and paramedics being called at 8.25am.

“If you were in the area and believe you saw Kimberley that morning, please contact us. We are also looking to speak to anyone who believes they hold information that may assist us as we investigate the circumstances surrounding her death.”

Detectives are still awaiting the full results of a post-mortem examination to establish the exact cause of death.

A 22-year-old man from Sheffield was arrested on Saturday (June 27) on suspicion of Kimberley’s murder and remains on police bail.

If you have any information which could assist our inquiry, there are a number of ways you can contact us. You can call 101 quoting incident number 450 of 26 June, or send a message directly to the investigation team via our online portal: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/14SY20K06-PO1.

Alternatively, if you wish to remain completely anonymous when you give your information to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.