Gran, 71, who vanished found dead by murder detectives under plastic sheet

Police discovered the body of missing grandmother Wendy Morse covered by a sheet in her conservatory, an inquest has heard.

A murder investigation has been launched after the 71-year-old grandmother was found at her Staffordshire home.

She had been reported missing by concerned relatives on Mother’s Day and officers later broke into her home and made a chilling discovery.

Police said that the retired midwife had a “severe blunt trauma head injury”.

More details of the her death emerged as an inquest was opened and adjourned at North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court.

It comes as police secured a European Arrest Warrant as part of their attempts to extradite a 42-year-old man from Sweden.

They say they want to speak to the man in connection with her death.

The inquest was told how Wendy had been reported missing by her daughter on Sunday, March 22 after she failed to get any response when she knocked on the door of her Tunstall Road home.

Police soon broke in and made the terrible discovery.

North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy said: “The circumstances reported to the coroner’s court are that the deceased lived alone and was having building work done at the house.

“She was not satisfied with the builder and another contractor was due to start.

“On March 19 via social media she last had contact with her family. Her daughter later sent her a message but it was not replied to. Her daughter became concerned and visited her on March 22.

“There was no reply to her knocking on the door and she found flowers on the doorstep sent by her brother. She became concerned and contacted the police and reported the deceased as a missing person.

“Police arrived and checked the property and while at the back they noticed a curtain hanging from the window of the conservatory. They saw there was furniture covered and on the floor it looked like there was a body covered in plastic sheeting.

“They found the deceased on the floor in the conservatory. The deceased had a severe blunt trauma head injury. There were signs of a disturbance as there was glass and a bottle smashed on the floor.

“We don’t have a cause of death. A post-mortem examination has been requested and there is reason to suspect that the death was violent and unnatural and therefore an inquest is necessary.

“The family will be updated and a date for the inquest will be set administratively in due course should this be necessary. The body has been released for funeral purposes.”

Police have particularly appealed for sightings of a green Honda Civic – registration number OK62 AMS – which was driven from Biddulph to Sneyd Green, via Bemersley Road and Norton, between midday and 3pm on Thursday, March 19.

Anyone with any dash-cam footage of the Honda Civic or any information which could assist with the murder investigation should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 481 of March 22, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.