Shiregreen murder probe: Neighbours express their shock over Sheffield woman's death

Neighbours have expressed their shock after a Sheffield woman was found dead inside her home.

Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 9:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st June 2016, 9:58 am
Flowers have been left in tribute to a woman who was found dead in her Shiregreen home. A murder investigation is underway

The woman, named locally as 48-year-old Michelle Wright, was described by residents on Nether Shire Lane, Shiregreen, as ‘polite’ and ‘friendly’ and called her death a ‘terrible tragedy’.

Police were called to the Shiregreen property around 7.50pm on Saturday evening.

The death is being treated as suspicious and a murder investigation is underway.

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A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said a post-mortem examination was still ‘ongoing’ - The Star has been told Mrs Wright received ‘no physical’ injuries.

The Star understands that a 47-year-old man who was initially arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Flowers have been left on the drive in tribute to the alleged murder victim.

One neighbour described the emergency service response on the Saturday evening and spoke of being awoken late at night by a detective carrying out door to door enquiries.

Sithee Kotecha, 24, lives a couple of doors down from where the victim was found.

She said: “I didn’t have much to do with her I didn’t know her that well but she was always smiling and always said hello to you - she was friendly.

“It’s a terrible tragedy - you don’t really expect something like this to happen, it’s awful.

“My thoughts go out to her family and friends.”

One neighbour, who didn’t wished to be named, described the scene on Saturday evening.

“Me and my husband were sat watching TV and I got up to fetch a drink about ten past eight and the whole street was awash with emergency services.

“I saw a CSI van, police cars, an ambulance and police officers walking around the road.

“We went to bed and were awoken by a detective. He was asking us if we’d seen anything suspicious but we’d not seen anything.

“It’s not been too good for the area at the minute with the shooting nearby a few weeks ago.

“I used to see the woman coming and going I didn’t know her personally. It’s a terrible, my heart goes out to her relatives.”

One neighbour who’s lived on Nether Shire Lane for 34 years said: “She kept her self to her self but she would always say hello over the back fence.

“She’s lived there for 15 years and was always very pleasant to me. It’s come as a awful shock, it’s terrible to hear.”