A major manhunt was launched in the Sandown area late last night with officers surrounding Los Altos Park, as first reported by Island Echo. The search, which involved the National Police Air Service helicopter, was prompted by the launch of a murder investigation earlier in the day.
According to Sussex Police, they were called to a property in Collyer Avenue, Bognor Regis at 15:51 yesterday after a 52-year-old woman was found by a caller following concerns that she hadn’t been seen or heard from for a couple of days.
At around 20:00 last night, officers from Hampshire Constabulary rushed to the hovercraft terminal at Quay Road in Ryde after intel was received that the suspect in the investigation had travelled to the Isle of Wight. Unfortunately, the male had fled before officers could locate him.
Then, at around 22:30, Police sighted the suspect in Sandown and created a ring of steel around Los Altos Park with officers located at every entrance and exit. Almost every resource available on the Island was utilised in the area.
Despite the assistance of the National Police Air Service helicopter, which circled overhead for some 90 minutes, the suspect is thought to have evaded capture until this morning (Sunday) when officers made an arrest.
It has now been confirmed that a 47-year-old man from Bognor Regis has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He was arrested at an undisclosed location on the Island this morning.
Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, who is leading the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team investigation, said:
“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this tragic time. They are being supported by our family liaison officers”.
A post mortem examination to establish the cause of the woman’s death will be taking place today.