Maria Rawlings death: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

Maria Jane Rawlings  was aged 45 and a mother of two daughters living in the Chelmsford area

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of murdering Maria Rawlings, whose body was found in Little Heath on May 4. - Credit: Met Police

Police have made an arrest in connection with the death of Maria Rawlings.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Sunday, May 9 on suspicion of murdering the mother-of-two, 45, from Chelmsford.

He was taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody.

Police were called at 2pm on Tuesday, May 4 after Maria's body was found in shrubbery in Little Heath by someone walking their dog.

Flowers left at Little Heath, Romford, east London, where Maria Jane Rawlings, 45, was found dead by

Flowers left at Little Heath, where Maria Jane Rawlings, 45, was found dead by a man walking his dog at around 2pm on Tuesday. The Metropolitan Police said a post-mortem examination gave the mother-of-two's preliminary cause of death as neck compression and possible blunt force head trauma. - Credit: PA

A post-mortem examination at Walthamstow Mortuary on Wednesday, May 5, gave a preliminary cause for Maria's death as neck compression and possible blunt force head trauma.

Detective Chief Inspector David Hillier said: “My thoughts remain with Maria’s family at this incredibly difficult time.

“I continue to appeal for anyone with information to contact police via the incident room on 020 8345 3865; via 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD3551/4May.”

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Additional officers will remain in the area to provide reassurance to the community, the Met said.

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